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@Grizzler, When I was rehabbing mine, my physio strength tested bad v good as a reference. However he was also very interested in my fine 'control' of the repaired leg as well as strength.

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There are some rehab diaries on here which give some real life experiences. I think I was getting back on ski's by 6 months but it was done carefully. With hind sight I reckon it was actually 3 years before I was fully back to where I was pre accident.
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@AndAnotherThing.., Trouble is, whilst one seems better than the other, I have both legs/knees to get back into shape...

My physio also said that full recovery is likely to be in matters of year(s) - but "strong enough" is, I presume, going to be some time before that, just with appropriate caution and reduced time/mileage/aggression.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@Grizzler, Presumably 'out there somewhere' is the data that ought to give a base line reference.

Shame pulling the data together will be difficult.
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@AndAnotherThing.., Difficult, yes. And I've been looking online since pretty much week 7 post injury (so end April) and asking many healthcare professionals who claim knee expertise - and, sadly (never mind annoyingly) I can't find said data or baseline references anywhere.
It does seem that I, and I assume many others in a similar boat, are just left to take their own risks and proceed with cautious trial and hopefully not too much injurious error. Very non- impressed by being left extremely alone and unadvised in this decision and in rehabbing in a return to ski way. Unfortunately, except for Wimbledon Clinic's RTS course, which is inaccessible for me, it seems it's the only option for most, and getting a physio or doctor who skis is pot luck to rare. Any practical guidance to assist in making the potentially-
risky 'when to try it again' decision (and the attendant 'strong enough' assessment) is, if available, clearly a very closely-guarded trade secret...

Due to personal circumstances and time constraints/availability, I've decided to have a go again indoors next week. That's 5 1/2 months post injury. Part of me thinks it's a bit soon (on one knee, anyway), the rest thinks it's about time and that I should be OK if I don't over push it for too long and pile on the tubigrip and neoprene braces. So wish me luck, and hope that I've made the right decision and assessment of where I am up to. I guess that I'll find out either way...
Now, how does one do this turning and controlling skis thing again???
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@AndAnotherThing.., Difficult, yes. And I've been looking online since pretty much week 7 post injury (so end April) and asking many healthcare professionals who claim knee expertise - and, sadly (never mind annoyingly) I can't find said data or baseline references anywhere.
It does seem that I, and I assume many others in a similar boat, are just left to take their own risks and proceed with cautious trial and hopefully not too much injurious error. Very non- impressed by being left extremely alone and unadvised in this decision and in rehabbing in a return to ski way. Unfortunately, except for Wimbledon Clinic's RTS course, which is inaccessible for me, it seems it's the only option for most, and getting a physio or doctor who skis is pot luck to rare. Any practical guidance to assist in making the potentially-
risky 'when to try it again' decision (and the attendant 'strong enough' assessment) is, if available, clearly a very closely-guarded trade secret...

Due to personal circumstances and time constraints/availability, I've decided to have a go again indoors next week. That's 5 1/2 months post injury. Part of me thinks it's a bit soon (on one knee, anyway), the rest thinks it's about time and that I should be OK if I don't over push it for too long and pile on the tubigrip and neoprene braces. So wish me luck, and hope that I've made the right decision and assessment of where I am up to. I guess that I'll find out either way...
Now, how does one do this turning and controlling skis thing again???
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@Grizzler, Very much wishing you luck next week.
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@cad99uk, Thanks, and maybe it helped Very Happy
Went to Chill Factore today, clad in Tubigrip and wraparound braces. Won't sat it was technically great, certainly nowhere near what I was capable of, but actually managed about hour and a half of various turn types and the usual chopped up lumps and hardpack corridors before deciding that discretion was the better part of determination.
Sore, weak, no way have any confidence and am terrified of speed or falling (did get on the race SLs but no way could handle the speed or skis).
But, hey, I stayed upright and seemingly in as much of 1 piece as how I went in. Smile
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@Grizzler, That's good news. Well done for being so positive. Hopefully that was the first of many sliding sessions in the future.
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@Grizzler, Brilliant. My first time back was also Manchester. I ended up shadowing an Instructor refresher course so started with straight running working through the plough stages until I was skiing a bit more like. As you say 'Discretion' is an important element at this stage Smile
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