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Old 02-20-2010, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Weak knee - braces, stance, general advice?

My front knee is weak due to a dirt bike accident last year. I've had it checked out and there are no major problems.

I'm an all-mountain rider and like to play in the moguls. My knee gets real sore after a few runs and any advice to help the problem would be appreciated.

I have a forward stance at 21/3 degrees.

I wear a standard McDavid Knee Brace:

It gets scrunched up and doesn't seem to work that well.

Being my front knee, I also hang my board from that foot. One thing I am going to work on next time up is exiting the chair with my front foot unstrapped. Anyone else do that?

Any other advice or tips?
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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when on a lift, i rest the loose end of my board on top of my loose boot. that holds it up so all the weight isnt hanging from my one foot.

also, try different stand widths. my friend has bad knees (ACL injuries from soccer) and was having a really hard time w/ her knees until she narrowed her stance some. it was like magic and all the pain is gone.
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i got a bad right knee it only hurts if i do something stupid of course, and i wear a knee brace like this one

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Old 02-21-2010, 06:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've tried knee braces and like you said they end up getting scrunched up. So I just go without.

I don't know if I would unbuckle my front foot unless you plan on riding switch off the lift.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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being in motocross you should know about the better knee braces out there. That's what we do during the warmer months;along with paintball. check out sixsixone.com and here's 40% off non-clearance items. in discount box: "diamond 260 2010" just put down son is sponsored rider in comments box...or apply for sponsorship and wait a few days or weeks not sure. The discount doesn't show up on the invoice but they take it off the price before charging your card.
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Bring your front foot in to zero..........or even a bit pigeon....works like a champ for mine....I also have a bad front knee, I used to ride duck.....had to change it up due to the same problems your having....
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I have a product that helps support the weight of the board while sitting on a chairlift. If you are interested in trying it out, private message me your mailing address and I'll send you one for free. I don't know if it will totally solve your problem but it has helped a lot of other people. My only request is that you post how it works for you once you have had a chance to try it. here's a link to my website. Phrakis - A snowboard boot support
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being in motocross you should know about the better knee braces out there. That's what we do during the warmer months;along with paintball. check out sixsixone.com and here's 40% off non-clearance items. in discount box: "diamond 260 2010" just put down son is sponsored rider in comments box...or apply for sponsorship and wait a few days or weeks not sure. The discount doesn't show up on the invoice but they take it off the price before charging your card.
Awesome offer...THANKS! I did check them out but I don't think they offer the kind of support I need. They are more for protection but I need support of the joints.

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Bring your front foot in to zero..........or even a bit pigeon....works like a champ for mine....I also have a bad front knee, I used to ride duck.....had to change it up due to the same problems your having....
Maybe I will try that. I was riding at 10 and didn't have as much of a problem. With a new board, I jumped up to 21 and it really hurt on my first day out. I just chalked it up to a new board and working a lot harder to get used to it. Not sure now...

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i got a bad right knee it only hurts if i do something stupid of course, and i wear a knee brace like this one

I've been looking at that exact brace - with the hinges. Thanks.

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I have a product that helps support the weight of the board while sitting on a chairlift. If you are interested in trying it out, private message me your mailing address and I'll send you one for free. I don't know if it will totally solve your problem but it has helped a lot of other people. My only request is that you post how it works for you once you have had a chance to try it. here's a link to my website. Phrakis - A snowboard boot support
Cool product and a great offer! There are some very generous riders on this board! But I don't see how your product will work any differently than holding the board with the toe of my free boot.

Actually, if I have the room on the lift, I but put back foot directly UNDER my front foot so there is essentially no pressure on the front. It's hard to do this unless you are solo on the lift.

Maybe I should push my resort to install gondolas!
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1.) Another option is to ride mroe switch. Just switching it up an help releave your muscles during the course of the run.
2.) take a lesson, an instructor may be able to show some different maneuvers to help ease the pressure on your knee, but still have fun riding.
3.) RICE at the end of each day
4.) lower your normal body weight( i have had to do this one) to help relieve pressure
5.) PT, PT, PT( non-impact preferrably)

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Old 03-17-2010, 11:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I wonder if a less bulky knee strap would work... it doesn't look like it would offer as much support, but it might stay in place.

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