After suffering no major injuries my first season freestyle sking last year I was not so fortunate this year. On my second day on the mountain I suffered a radial shaft fracture requiring surgery and a 3.5mm metal plate and pins/screws to hold everything in place.
I shouldn't have been so reckless. I was hitting a hip for the first time and had no experience landing down to the side like that. I should have been going half speed but I was hitting it full speed. I hiked it about 10 times prior to my injury and on my final run I tried a lincoln loop going way too fast. Brought it to my skis but the sideways momentum carried me to my left and I tried breaking my fall with a lot of downward force on basically flat ground. I think if it was a nice downslope I wouldn't have even gotten hurt. From here on out I'm sticking to traditional jumps and not weird hips that shoot you completely vertical into the air.
Anyway, here's a picture of the break. Anyone that has broke this bone before, what was your recovery like and do you feel just as confident skiing now that the injury is behind you? If I leave the metal plate in does that leave me much much more likely to break the bone again? The doc mentioned leaving the plate in causes "stress risors" or something along those lines. I don't really want to have a 2nd surgery to remove the plate but if it is gonna cause me to likely break the bone again with a minor f all I may need to.