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Old 02-21-2013, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i just started snowboarding this season, im onto harder blue runs, nothing to wild. my knees would always kill after i rode i thought from falling on them too much. Now i can get around and i dont really fall all that much, my knee still kill after ridding. i have a feeling its my stance. Im goofy and i ride 15/ -10. Is this a normalish stance? if not what should i try?
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a relatively normal stance, as long as by -10 on the back leg you mean it's facing backwards. Duck stance isn't for everybody though, so you'll need to play around with things to find something comfortable for YOU.

What is your stance width and how tall are you?
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, yeah its facing backwards, im 5'3" and my stance width is 18"
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Thanks, yeah its facing backwards, im 5'3" and my stance width is 18"
Okay that does seem narrow. Are you measuring from the centre of each binding? Easiest way to measure is from the same screw in each plate.

Lots of people are going super wide these days, but I'm a little more conservative. I'm 5'7" and ride with a 21.25" width.

Also, I think most people benefit from a more forward stance when first learning. You could try 0 or -3 on the back foot, and +15 or +18 on the front?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Describe your knee pain. Sore, shooting, general, throbbing? Top of the knee, back of the knee, bottom of the knee? Does it hurt after riding, during a turn or what... need way more info to even begin guessing.

It could be that you just have weak knees and you need to do a bunch of squats etc...
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Couple more questions:
How old are you?
Do you stretch after riding?
Where in your knees is the pain? Below or above kneecap? Outside (lateral) or inside (medial)? Front of knee or back?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Personally I have weak/damaged patellar tendons in my knees (AKA jumpers knee that vball and bball players get). If I'm riding a lot of rough terrain or repetatively hitting big jumps the lower part of my knees, mostly the right one gets really sore. Once its aggitated it can hurt pretty bad on hard carves but mostly it just throbs afterward and is sore for a couple of days. The pain is pretty focused on the patellar tendon so its the tendon/tissue at the bottom of the knee cap. I had to quit vball so that I could continue to snowboard, after vball games I could hardly walk, snowboarding doesn't aggitate it too bad.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i had some knee pain on my left leg that i couldn't explain for the longest time (right above the cap). like you i don't fall too much anymore (at least not on my knees) so i didn't quite figure it out. then one day on a chair lift i noticed the pain flaring up. i looked down and realized that it's because my board's dangling from my leg and therefore pulling on it. once i rested it on the bar or held it over the back on the chair it went away, and the pain slowly dissipated.

just an idea. if it's soreness or anything similar you just need to sack up a bit.
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i had some knee pain on my left leg that i couldn't explain for the longest time (right above the cap). like you i don't fall too much anymore (at least not on my knees) so i didn't quite figure it out. then one day on a chair lift i noticed the pain flaring up. i looked down and realized that it's because my board's dangling from my leg and therefore pulling on it. once i rested it on the bar or held it over the back on the chair it went away, and the pain slowly dissipated.

just an idea. if it's soreness or anything similar you just need to sack up a bit.
I get a similar thing... I'm the snowboarder that always wants to but the bar down for that reason.
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I get a sore front knee if I'm doing a lot of jumping or features in a given day. Ice pack helps at the end of the day though.
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