Suncoast Kiter wrote:
I did my ACL and meniscus doing kiteloops in strong wind. I have had surgery 4 weeks ago and recovery is going well. But i am very reluctant to go hard out there when i return from injury. Has anyone else done this injury and have you found the confidence to go big again??
I used to think i was invincible and was not afraid to throw a loop at 30 feet in 25knt + winds. But im not sure i want to go back to my riding style because im scared of popping my knee again.
This sucks cos i love the feeling of being whipped through the air and i live for it.
I know Youri came back from 2 knee recos but it has been a tough few months since i did it in DEC 2011. So anyone who feels my pain and has been through an ACL reco and has returned to the sport we live for, tell me your story and give me some confidence to someday have the old spirit back in me and just go for it!
But for now its 8 more months of physio and i will see the next season.
Happy kiting and enjoy every moment cos i would give anything right now to get that feeling back
I busted my Knee Pretty bad in 2007 in SA. I blew my meniscus and perforated the other ligaments and tore my ACL.
It took me a long time to get my confidence back even though my recovery went well and I was back on the water after about 6 months of intensive rehabilitation.
Especially when it came to powered handle passes. It took me almost 2 years to land a blind judge again. My brain just kept getting in the way. Fear can be crippling. I went back to riding old school more as I had no problems with hot landings doing that. Eventually I got tired of being afraid and just went for it one session and after landing the trick again after 2 years felt sooooo good. After that most of the fear was gone and my confidence was back.
I think ( in hindsight) the best thing you can do is talk to someone about your fear issues. There are sport psychologists who's job it is to get broken people like us back up. I should have done that from the beginning.
Another piece of advice I have is that you make sure that the docs really check that all the muscles in your leg are really ok. When I injured my knee i also tore one of the muscle strings in my quad. Due to the atrophy of the whole quad muscle the docs did not catch it. I had pretty bad pain all the time in my left quad after the injury, but did not think it was a separate problem. I only noticed as I was training up my muscles again, that one part of my quad was mot developing. It looks like a dent in my left quad now. They could not do anything about that anymore, and the other muscle strings had developed to compensate, but I have a bit of a back problem now as my left leg is slightly out of balance.
I hope you recover quickly and that you will be ripping it up in no time.
Yuri is a great example of what can be achieved when you work hard to recover.
Do your exercises every day! and listen to you physiotherapist !