So I'm somewhat certain that yesterday I acquired, at the very least, a 1st degree sprain to my right (rear leg)MCL. I also think I might have a torn medial meniscus. I should be heading to the doctor's office today.
Last year, at the exact same mountain, almost exactly a year ago (March 16, 2008) I damaged my right MCL with a level 1-2 sprain. They only took xrays, however, and I'm wondering if I may have torn my medial meniscus then too. Sucks eh? I'm not superstitious, but I sure as hell am not going back to that mountain (Sugar Bowl) again no matter how cheap their lift tickets get.
Anyway, I have a couple of questions:
Anyone ever had major knee problems and still been able to ride hard?
Anyone know how possible it is this is related to my duck stance? I ride 21" wide, +21/-18 (my feet naturally duck out quite a bit - this is the most neutral and stable stance for me). From the little I've read concerning duck and the possibility
of damage, it seems like I've done exactly what is usually described. My board suck into really deep powder and hit a frozen rut. It stopped almost immediately, throwing my body forward and twisting my knee inward hard. I felt a huge "POP" and went down.
Anyway, since this is the second time I've had an injury to this location on my knee, and since both times I was riding duck, and since both injuries occurred in a manner consistent with what I've read describing the type of injury that can be caused by duck, I'm thinking about trying forward stance (next season anyway - I think my year is done).
Since I ride with my feet ducked about 30 degrees, if I try a forward stance, should I more or less move my bindings closer to an alpine stance, say, something like +50, -30, or go for a more forward stance with something like +30, 0?
for an article on duck stance and injuries.
I know the majority of pros and amateurs alike now ride duck, and that's cool. I'm just starting to think that maybe, due to my own personal biomechanics, that it may not be for me. I really liked riding switch duck too.
This fucking sucks.