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Old 11-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats up guys, I have a question. I was 19 in March 2012 when I tore my left ACL and meniscus racing motocross, had surgery first week of July 2012. Leading up to then I was really active playing soccer, mountain biking and racing mx. My leg muscles were phenomenal. With hard work in therapy I opted to go on a snowboard trip just four months after ACL reconstruction in November. I rode everything and was shredding the gnar with no problem for three days. January 2013 I tore my right ACL in mx. I have not had surgery yet, but I have a custom CTI brace and continue racing and working out. With the brace my knee has never buckled but with out it my knee has 3 times when I planted and twisted. I am an Intermediate/Expert snowboarder. I am going boarding in two weeks at Wolf Creek, it's been dumping snow so its going to be damn good. I am going to wear my knee brace to help with instability but it doesn't prevent it 100%. My torn knee is my front leg and I plan on riding only xc and just carving, no park. My question is has anyone boarded with a torn acl? And/Or boarded with a knee brace? I do everything else with the brace just fine.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My best friend growing up once boarded with 2 torn ACLs (recovering of course.) She had braces on both knees and totally looked like Robocop. It was pretty amazing.

I'm actually not sure how smart is was though. We were actually total morons when we were younger so my instinct is to say - because she thought it was an OK idea, you should absolutely NOT do that. But that isn't really good advice I know. Its just all I have.

Hope you have better luck with others. Lol
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't do it. I tore my acl and continued to ride and it caused a full tear which resulted in me having to get a more serious surgery.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's not so much that you can't ride with a knee brace, but rather what damage are you doing to your knee cartilage when riding without an ACL in a situation you've mentioned as not 100% stable.

Personally, I wouldn't do it purely for long term reasons. You're basically rolling the dice just to get a few days of riding this season and what you're wagering is 5-10 years of your future ability to snowboard.

Is a weekend of snowboarding at 20 yrs worth the chance of cutting 5 years off the life of your knees and being unable to snowboard when you're 40?
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Probably not a great idea. But, my primary advice? Get the fuck off of those goddamn motocross bikes. My neighbor growing up raced and jumped those damn things. After his 5th ACL reconstruction (2x on the left knee and 3x on the right knee) he finally saw the light and quit that shit. He still rides, he just does so on a casual, recreational basis. People that talk about skiing destroying knees aren't familiar with motocross.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You rode 4 months after ACL surgery? Either you're more of a freak than Adrian Peterson or just flat out stupid. I would opt for surgery asap so you have a chance of getting on a board sometime next season. We are not doctors....you should go speak with one instead of taking "bro doctor" advice.
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YOLO........get back to shreddin' more "gnar"
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YOLO........get back to shreddin' more "gnar"
Any advice that begins with "yolo" should be immediately dismissed as terrible. The idea that you should sacrifice your future health to have fun today, just because you could die tomorrow is inherently hedonistic, selfish, and shortsighted. Hopefully mojo was being sarcastic.
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I snowboarded with a migrane before so you should be fine
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You rode 4 months after ACL surgery? Either you're more of a freak than Adrian Peterson or just flat out stupid. I would opt for surgery asap so you have a chance of getting on a board sometime next season. We are not doctors....you should go speak with one instead of taking "bro doctor" advice.
There's a big difference between NFL football and motocross. Lots of riders will tear an ACL and ride with a brace until the season is over and then have surgery.
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