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11-29-2013 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by danzo View Post
Hello fellow boarders,

So I've successfully popped my snowboard injury cherry.

I was ripping through some glades (Blue Mountain) which had some sweet berms and pumps (for downhillers in the summer). It was my first time on this section and with the powdery conditions, I got overly confident and hit a few berms at full speed... which ultimately lead me to over shooting a turn and going right into a tree.

I was on my toe side (goofy) when I overshot it and my right leg collided into the tree. The impact spun me around the tree into a twirl which ended up bruising my left hamstring also in the process. I sat up and knew right away my leg was done, after about 10 minutes, I limped out on to the nearest groomed trail, tried to down but noticed my leg had no strength left so ended up on heal side the whole way down.

After sitting in the lodge for about an hour, my leg started to ache, so I called for ski patrol. He did some tests to make sure it wasn't a break and told me that if it was a break, I'd be in excruciating pain, atleast in more pain then what I had at the time which was like a 5 to 6, maybe less since I have a low pain threshold.

A few hours later, I finally got up and realized I could barely walk. Couldn't apply any pressure to my right leg, atleast without keeping my leg perfectly straight. Took me like 30 minutes to get to the parking lot.

Anyways, I haven't had a chance to go to the hospital yet, its been 1 day. The aching is gone but I get a sharp pain in the muscle that took the impact when I try to use it, e. g. walking. There is still some swelling above my knee thats preventing me from bending my knee too much also.

About to take some ibuprofen, hoping it helps. I will be making way to the hospital tomorrow and a little worried as I've never sustained an injury that has prevented me from walking before.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this happen before or something similar?
I had a very similar accident. Back when I was just a nubs I tried to hit a rail. Well I was coming in way to fast and didn't pop up onto the rail. The result was me cartwheeling over and my head just grazing the rail. I got up and tried to walk but this sent a excruciating pain shooting up my pelvis. I had to be carried off the hill and into the patrol hut. I thought for my leg was broken. Thankfully is was just a few pulled muscles.
11-10-2013 04:51 PM
jjz I know this is old thread but.

First, Killclimbz, thats one crazy story. Its unthinkable that hitting a tree could lead to an amputation.

Second, exact same thing happened to me as OP a couple years ago. I was riding at blue mountain, in the glades on those bumps and turns they have for the bikers, and i got going too fast and hit a tree. Luckily, i came out with a minor bruised rib and nothing else.
10-07-2013 09:29 AM
killclimbz Well at least you didn't have Bigrig's experience after hitting a tree.

His leg was amputated. Pretty harsh right there.
10-07-2013 04:29 AM
Weasley I had a very similar experience as you did. I was just riding through some powder and there was a tree trunk sticking out but it was buried under the snow so i couldnt see it. Pretty much I rode into it and the log hit me right above my knee so i wrapped my body around it and then started flipping. I had no idea what happened. I was just riding and the next thing i know i was flipping head over heels. When i finally stopped i was upsidedown in a tree well and my leg felt like it was on fire. I unstrapped and stood up on my good leg and my lower leg from the knee down of the leg that hit the tree was just pivoting from side to side without any control over it. I could feel the joints moving around and i thought i dislocated my knee or something. Found out i tore my acl and damaged a few other ligament in there. Horrible experience. 4-6 month recovery time at the least and I am on month 4 now and it doesnt feel 100 percent haha but i should be good for this season.
04-19-2013 12:30 PM
Csanto23 I hate when people say if it broke you'd be in excruciating pain.

So far that's never been the case with me at all. That night it hurts the worse, but the adrenaline keeps the pain away for a good bit of time.

Fibula is no big deal, believe it or not I was walking again in 2 weeks. Its a 10% weight bearing bone.
04-19-2013 12:08 PM
fairgame Just a heads up, so you're not too disappointed, when i went back for the follow up X-Ray I was expecting to see some real progress/healing...that wasn't the case. I was pretty bummed when I saw that it looked almost exactly the same as it did the first time. All you will probably see is a small "cloud" around the break; blood and calcium starting to form. Sure, it's healing, but I was not at all expecting to see.
It felt well enough after 8 weeks to get back out, though. I rode the last two weekends the mountain here was long as it was groomed everything was good, when it turned to slush and got choppy, that's when it started to hurt. Needless to say, I was sore for a couple of days after, but all is good now. Good luck!
04-19-2013 10:10 AM
mhaas Yesterday I couldnt make a turn tight enough while riding some really heavy snow and I actually cut in half/exploded a 2 inch thick aspen that was thankfully dead and rotten. It was terrifying and empowering at the same time. Snowboards have edges all the was around for a reason. Keep them sharp!!
04-18-2013 08:02 PM
pdxrealtor Nice bike. Watch out for those trees!
04-18-2013 01:10 AM
danzo Lol!

Here I was thinking squats were suffice.

Well, it will be 4 weeks tomorrow, and I'm walking in pretty much full swing now. Still got some pains lingering in the muscles when I apply certain stresses but the doc said that'd be a part of the rehab process.

Going for xrays in a couple weeks to deal double check the fracture.

All in all, it has been quite the experience. Found that Epsom eucalyptus bathes helped relax the muscles and eating at least 2 bananas a day helped ease the muscle cramps.

Sad that the season is over, but the sun is out! Was nice to pull my summer mountain slayer out the closet today
04-03-2013 01:54 PM
Originally Posted by Tarzanman View Post
I am going to blame the OP for his own injury. The only reason you got hurt by that tree is because you haven't been training properly!

This is how a properly trained athlete deals with a tree....

Muay Thai Fighter chops down tree with kicks - YouTube

YoU sHoUlD bE pRaCtIcInG yOuR aRt!

nuff said!
I'd like to see him doing that with a nice 200 years old fir...
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