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Old 09-17-2012, 05:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

In march I broke my arm in a football match(the actual football that is played with a ball aswel as feet that is :P ). Both bones completely broke in half, and I needed surgery. The iron plate, pin and 6 screws that were put in my arm have recently been removed, and I went to see the doctor today, expecting to hear that I can soon play football again and stuff...

Aaaaand he told me not to do so for the next 6(!) months! I asked him "well what about snowboarding?" I usually go in december, but I will go in february 2013 aswel and I don't feel like missing out on all the fun this year... He said he didn't know yet, and I have to come back in december(quite late, frankly, since we either have already booked or decided not to go then...) I am aware that none of you guys can say if I could go or not if the doctor can't, so that's not my question. I just would like to know if any of you is or has been in a similar situation, or knows someone, and if you can share your experiences with me...

Anyways, quite early, but have a happy season already guys!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe Dr's have a place. With that said they often judge on the side of caution.

Maybe at your next visit or before you go ask him to put you in a waterproof cast if he feels that you truly shouldn't ride with it protected. This is kinda the best of both worlds. It may limit your riding to greens and blues but better than not riding.

Just a thought
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I once broke my hand and decided I would still risk boarding with my hand in a cast. All was fine and dandy until I took a stupid spill, which normally wouldn't bother me. But since my hand was still broken that stupid spill hurt like hell.

If you do decide to board, take it extremely easy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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By February if things are going well, you are probably going to be ok. Then again, I am not a doctor. For sure take precautions. You might want to put stuff off until mid to late March if you can. It's the best month for big trips anyway.

I know it sucks, but if you are that big trip guy I can say without reservation that there will be snow the following season. If you are not tied to a place then you can find a great area to go no problem.

I also know guys who have refused to take the time to heal on various injuries that were fractures. One is a perma gimp now, the other has constant pain. Others have seemed to get away with it I suppose. Let that shit heal.

It's up to you. In the scheme of things missing a season is not that big of a deal if that is what it comes down to.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You want to ride? Easy.

Don't fall.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Get a second opinion and find a sports medecine doc or a doc who skis.


Last season I broke my finger. I went to my Doctor who happens to ski He sent me to the orthpod to put me in a cast and told me to be careful since he knew Id ride anyway. Then he went over the risks I was taking if I crashed again. Serious pain and the potential to injure myself badly enough to need surgery etc...


of course the orhtopod was like "oh hell no you can't go snowboarding with a cast!" they thought my Doc was nuts. lol. Also, it felt kinda badass to ride with a cast on, I won't lie.




now I had a minor fracture not plates and pins and stuff but I also was boarding less then 10 days from the break. You'll have a bit more recovery.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Aight, thanks for the input guys... So unless the doc will say it'll be OK to go, no snowboarding for me that is...
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You might want to put stuff off until mid to late March if you can. It's the best month for big trips anyway.
Well, I'm 17, in the last year of high school and obviously still live with my parrents. With my parrents we always go in december, but they are not going to book unless they know for sure that I'll be allowed to go, wich basically means I can scrap that trip I think. In february I'm going with school and I HAVE to go(I'm organizing that trip, it's my final assignment...) but I guess by then it'll be fine. Can't go in march, since I don't have any holidays then until late april/early may, wich is slightly too late...

I know it's better, but it sucks so much... I'm addicted.
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With my parrents we always go in december, but they are not going to book unless they know for sure that I'll be allowed to go, wich basically means I can scrap that trip I think.


maybe they can use that money on some new gear for you to use in Feb! You're young! You should be healed by Feb
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maybe they can use that money on some new gear for you to use in Feb! You're young! You should be healed by Feb
Heh, that's not a bad idea at all since I BADLY need a wideboard(I'm nearly 2m and have pretty huge feet. Toedrag all the way!). But I think they said a while ago that if we didn't go to Austria, we'd go somewhere far away in the summer(thought they wanted to go to Africa or smth) but I didn't want to sacrifice my snowboardtrip.

Well I'll just see. I'll talk to the physiotherapist aswell and who knows what happens, but I'm not counting on it...

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Oh by the way, you're all talking about a cast, but has anyone tried boarding with a brace? I think that IF I would go, that would be a bit easier. I'm not quite sure too if I can just go to the doctor to tell him I want a cast... I live in the Netherlands, and we have all this awesome health care and stuff, but that also means they are not just going to burn money by giving anyone who wants a cast a cast I assume...

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You can always order the supplies online and have a buddy put it on. Making a cast isn't rocket science especialy if its just an added precaution
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