Calling all snowboarders

Hi all,
20 weeks since surgery for re rupture and FHL graft….I know I’m not boarding this year no way but how long did you guys out there leave it until getting back on a board? I have never been a skier so maybe I need to learn? Would really appreciate some advice. I’m left footed and my ATR is on my right foot.
Thanks guys…

12 Responses to “Calling all snowboarders”

  1. Hey Sheena! When I had my last checkup with my ortho (@ 33 weeks) I asked him if I could snowboard and he told me to go for it!! I had never been so I made sure I got the strongest binding money could buy with a boot that added support and I’ve had no issues at all. The bindings have come in handy as I’ve had a few spills where I’ve been relieved that i had the added support.

    On a side note - his clearance to snowboard was quite a surprise as he had just ruptured his skiing 2 weeks earlier. So, keep your chin up, as you might be able to get out there just before the end of the season!

  2. Hey Eva,
    great to hear you’ve been boarding…Can I ask you what binding and boots you bought please? I spoke to my physio and she said she would not try boarding this year and to go next year. Might ask my surgeon when I see him next though. Was your rupture on the foot you lead with or your back foot?

  3. I have Northwave boots (though Burton’s felt just a great) and I have the Burton Lexa bindings. We were able to twist many of the other bindings by hand. The Lexa’s we weren’t able to and I have found just add a peace of mind when I’m on the hill.

    My rupture was on my lead foot and I can’t say I ever notice it. If anything, snowboarding the last couple weekends has been great for continued recovery as its engaging my legs and helping strengthen my calf.

    See how it goes. I wouldn’t rule out being able to squeeze it in this year. After about 7 months, there isn’t anything my ortho won’t let me do, so here’s hoping it works the same for you!!

  4. I got back on the snowboard at just over 4 months (ruptured at the end of August, did some very limited snowboarding over that Christmas break). As you know I was able to ski much earlier, due to the support that the ski boot offers.

    I started out doing just a few runs at the end of the day to test things out (would switch from skis to board). I can say with certainty that snowboarding is more stressful on the Achilles than skiing.

    I have seen (racing I think) snowboard setups that are closer to a hard shell ski boot in function. I think even a click-in rental setup might be better than a traditional 2-strap snowboard binding.

    I might have been able to snowboard a bit sooner. Part of my hesitance was due to my lack of snowboard skill (I’m a muddling intermediate boarder). I am a much better, more confident, skiier, and felt like there was much less chance of doing something dumb to hurt myself on the skis :-)

  5. Skier myself but think Ryan is talking about freecarving or slalom set up with hardboots. Seen guys do it, looks like a blast. Just don’t end up in the broken wrist or collar bone blog site.

  6. Hi Sheena,

    How are things? I’ve been asking myself the snowboarding question. But seeing as I’m now in week 37 and can’t even jog I’m thinking it’s a long way off!


  7. @davidr

    I’m wondering why you wouldn’t be able to job at 37 weeks. Did you have any complications during your recovery?


    I think you should be fine by next season. At 20 weeks, it seems a little early. But, in all honesty, I don’t think snowboarding puts too much pressure on the tendon, especially if your lead foot is your good foot. You only need to worry about the toe side turn. The heel side turn will put absolutely no strain on the tendon because you’re leaning back, or plantarflexing. The toe side turn is the dorsiflexing side, but your turn will be initiated more by you leaning into the top of the boot than it will be from bending the ankle. Snowboard boots are somewhat flexible, but they’re still pretty stiff. Wearing a snowboard boot is basically like wearing a cast. I would say that snowboarding is safer for the ATR than hard court sports like basketball, or tennis.

  8. yup, certainly did have complications, jogging is a way in the future yet.

  9. What ryanb said. Ski boots (and hard snowboard boots, though they’re rare) are quite AT-supportive and protective — despite the experience of eva10’s surgeon and a couple of people on this site to the contrary.

  10. Hi sheen loved your blogs what’s the latest with you

  11. Hi Riparoar
    I really should write an update and I will soon. Being a bit lazy with rehab but OK….thanks for your comment.

  12. Hi sheens
    It’s made my day that your ok, you more than deserve it

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