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Returning to skiing after ACL construction
I tore my ACL in the October of last year, 2016, and it will be a year from my surgery in November. I've worked hard in PT and have been working on my own for about 4-5 months. Obviously, after missing an entire season, I'm crazy stoked for this season, especially because i'll be based at the loaf this year, rather than Wachusett. My surgeon had told me I could only stick to groomers, and the last thing I want is to do my knee again (could not handle that). I know, at least initially, I'm not going to be the same skier as I was before, but I wanted to get advice from people who have successfully made it back to skiing after an ACL tear: how should I prepare physically, and what to do when I get on the slopes (should I really just stick to groomers?). I didn't tear it skiing, so it's less mental, other than just the general fear now of tearing it again.
I skied competitive moguls 6 months after surgery. ACL is usually 6-8 months to be 100%. You should be fine, id talk to your pt/doc about it but your knee should be healed and 100% strength.
get your butt and hammies strong as you can and you'll be good to go.
Your doctor must be misinformed but your ACL is at the same strength as it was pre-surgey (if not stronger). What you should worry about is the muscles around it. If you should can honestly say that you have keeping up with your PT then you should have no issue and can rip all over the mountain. Would be skeptical about jumps/drops for a couple more months.
AS for credibility, I have had a complete tore in my right ACL along with one meniscus. As for my left knee, I had a complete ACL, two bucket tears in both Meniscus, and a blown MCL. Both were injured @ basketball. None have affected my skiing. F=MxA. If your not a fat kid you should be ok.
just don't be worried about it all season. Ski how you always have, just turn your dins down a bit.
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