Hit a tree; with leg absorbing all the impact.
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?
Last edited by danzo; 03-22-2013 at 11:28 PM.