On January 19, 2015 I suffered a tibial plateau fracture while skiing at Revelstoke in Canada. I was not able to have the injury surgically tended to until February 12 2015 on my return to Australia. There I undewent a surgical reduction with fixation by plate and screws. For the first six weeks after surgery I undertook non-weight-bearing physiotherapy based on regaining flexion and mobility in the knee joint. In mid-March 2015 I began a year-long program of physiotherapy and gym based rehabilitation aimed at a return to skiing in February 2016, approximately 12 months following surgery
The gym based rehabilitation involved one visit to the gym per week under supervision and one day per week unsupervised. This was carried out for the entire 12 month period until February 2016, without a break.
In February 14, 2016 I left Australia for Big Sky in Montana to test the recovery of my knee and to begin skiing again. I had hoped, due to the skill of the surgeon and the expert help I received during rehabilitation, that I would make a painless and complete return to skiing.
This did not turn out to be the case. I now understand that just wanting to return to skiing and working hard to do so with expert assistance does not guarantee anything. A 12 month program, in hindsight, is probably not enough. To ease back into skiing, possibly 2 to 3 years of rehabilitation with time on the mountain will be required.
Some lessons I’ve learned