a good doctor would have said:
"son, girls love a man with an injury. it shows courage, strength, perseverance, and the willingness to overcome adversity. milk it for what it's worth while you're still young. think of all the single girls out there. multiply that number by two and you have the number of titties that could be in your face this winter. make it happen. be the hero you were destined to become."
and you wouldn't even be thinking about skiing right now.