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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.

@Harry Flashman
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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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Oops, sorry; duplicate post somehow...


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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 say 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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@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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@Grizzler, what's the rush? It's all about the graft isn't it - graft gets weaker in first three months, starts to recover next three and actually starts to gain real strength from months 6-12? Is there any reason you need to get skiing so early, otherwise reducing physical worries, i.e. not rushing could make getting back on skis easier?
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@22 dropout, She hasn't had a graft.
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@22 dropout, Yep, no graft, just 2 sore and stiff legs and their middle bits.
Rush? I want to ski and board!!! And, seriously, I don't know if, how much, when, to what level, etc, etc. It's all about finding out in my particular circumstances, testing my abilities and strength and knees/legs with very little advice or input from healthcare or other people (most go the recon route), except to get strong and see how I do...
Also, it's getting to time when a little Grizzler's mind starts turning to wanting to book snow holidays, plan next season etc etc ( or sadly decide that it isn't happening, as the case may be).
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@Grizzler, yep sorry. As it's an ACL thread I automatically assumed graft. I am not so sure its necessary to have a physio that skis more than one that deals with vigorous sports such as rugby or football.
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You know it makes sense.
@22 dropout, The only thing which I found, though my physio seemed very knowledgeable about knees and muscle strengthening in general, was that he had no understanding whatsoever about the movements and stresses which skiing or boarding involves, so could not offer any advice as to how to return to snowsports or tailor any rehab or exercises to them specifically. Maybe that's not an issue: a bit (OK lots) of net research pretty much gives me the same list of exercises to strengthen the same muscles). However, I'd feel much more comfortable with someone who knew what was involved in what I want to do and could tell me when I was ready, what to avoid etc.
My physio was a basketball player. Not a lot of use, really, telling me to avoiding jumping in the air, landing and pivot on the leg I land on... Ski jumping is not on the agenda Laughing Couldn't, however, advise me if I should or shouldn't attempt moguls.
Good basic physio plus good ski/board instruction is probably the best that I'll find - but then again, I was talking to a UK ski instructor a few weeks back, and they had absolutely no clue at all about what it's like coming back from and with an injured knee and ligament deficiency, and how that might affect my technique, ability, strength, stamina etc etc. Didn't even see why I was struggling and not able to attempt my usual style, speed or confidence. Not impressed Sad
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Bah. Knee the size of a football for the last 2 days. Didn't even do anything unusual, just my standard routines of dog walking, cycling, table tennis...mild pain in the hamstring as a precursor then woke up yday unable to straighten! Many years post acl op, the trauma lives on. Also 9 months post partial menisectomy....it had been fantastic... Sad
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@coddlesangers,

Crying or Very sad
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