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Can I darkside with ACL damage?

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I've had acl reconstruction and was back snowboarding after a year. This was 6 years ago and I've not had any problems with it at all since. I guess I ride about 3-4 weeks a year, plus some dome. I ride the park again, jib around, ride off piste no problems.

I did loads and loads of rehab to get it strong after surgery and try to keep up with that even now. I think you really need to keep the strength up all year. I cycle loads which helps and do leg strengthening gym sessions probably every few weeks.

I've never ridden with a brace and never felt the need for one. My surgeon told me that my acl, now it's repaired is as good as new. He said if you use a brace it prevents the surrounding muscles from staying strong and therefore weakens the whole joint.

Good luck to anyone with acl issues!
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Mrs Ski teles after reconstruction of both ACLS... less sideways load on the knee....
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I'll apologise first for not reading every reply, sao sorry for repeats, but here's another example to add to the stats.

My wife had a couple of bad injuries skiing and off the slopes and eventually snapped her ACL entirely. She'd skied for a long time, but without the ACL had little control over rotation through the knee. A couple of years later whilst dealing with some cartilage issues a specialist mentioned that whilst the missing ACL meant little rotational support, the knee should be okay for in line bending.

i.e. Don't attach a long lever to just one foot and wiggle it back and forth, but connect the feet with a snowboard so the rotation is minimal and the knees are essentially just doing squats, then should be fine. And it was.

She's had a full ACL rebuild now - the one where they take a section out of the back of the thigh and thread it back through the knee - on the NHS, and it went very well. She was off crutches in about 2 weeks, and fine after 6 weeks or so. She was very conscientious about the rehab exercises, and heals particularly well.

So even at a stage where she would occasionally fall over just crossing the road she found snowboarding do-able.
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@BigSouthernJesse, @ski, Thanks. Yes, I'd assumed that it would also put less rotational strain on, which in theory might be better. Potentially the fall injury
(or type of) risk is lower as well, if just a piste boarder, not landing jumps etc.
Sometime I shall get myself to a dome and try it (don't mind them too much for skiing, but really don't like for boarding - but testing needs must...)
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@Grizzler, When you do get to the mountains take care when dismounting chairlifts. Being strapped in with only one foot means there is a big lever arm on it just like a ski. Falling over with only one foot in is the most risky part.

Same applies for falling off drag lifts.

Best wishes for getting back on snow.
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I heard somewhere that lactic acid can actually repair minor acl injuries. But that coukld just be a wifes tale. Surgery if goes wrong can totally wreck your knees for good.
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@nosnowballz, well, with the current (still) aching, easily-tired muscles, that should be perfect, then wink

@cad99uk, I couldn't get off chairlifts before the injury ( short legs meets usually-icy, always-crappy dismount run) so, yes, that is a worry. Do not intend to be doing it without Mr G by my side to offer a strong supporting arm! ( and hold me up against the other, probably skiing idiots - or kids-dismounting at the same time and doubtless cutting me up.)

Actually, the worst nasty twist I nearly suffered was when I lost it and ended up cartwheeling and then dug tail end deep, and board thus vertical, into a huge mound of otherwise-luverly soft snow - whilst rest of body and legs kept going... Mr G broke his ankle doing the same kind of thing on the old dryslope matting stuff many years ago.

Maybe I should take up sledging??? rolling eyes
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@Grizzler, Ah yes, the cartwheel. Had one of those last season. Ouch indeed.
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...The Cartwheel...The Faceplant...The Stinkbone...The Scorpion...The Ringpull... Our people have such a colourful lexicon when it comes to falling over.
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@cad99uk, Yep, chairlifts... - Very good point...
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I remember an old 2 seater chair at Kaltenbach (sp?) - and come to think if it a very similar one at Lecht - where it came in so fast, sharp and high that I had to do a literal flying dismount on skis every time. No way I could do that on a board Sad
Mr G and his big long board only just managed it: and he's about 6' 3".
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