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Hi

How's it going?

I've been longing to get back in the water after a long absence due to having bad knees and having to have surgeries. It all goes back to my skateboarding days in my youth.

Buying the van was a step in the right direction as it has now given me somewhere to stay when I next travel to the coast.

The next thing I need to tackle is my knees. I'm still on the waiting list for the op where they cut out part of your hamstring and put it in your knee as a sort of ligament replacement on my right knee and by the time that's done I will probably be looking at the same for the other one :(

My question is, does anyone know of any good knee supports that will be suitable for use during surfing sessions?

Can anyone recommend any good companies I should be speaking to?

I think it's going to be a long slow road to getting back my former fitness levels but just getting back in the sea will be a huge encouragement.

Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has to offer.

Tom
 

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Hi SMBM, Im not sure about knee supports mate but there are a few out there made of neoprene so should be ok in the water. A while ago I had a bit of a mishap with a bowling ball and my kneecap (oops!) followed by a weeklong treck through the lakes which left me with a bit of a gimpy leg. I figured my wetsuit would provide some support and went for a surf shortly after and to be fair it wasnt a good idea, the wettie put a lot of pressure on the knee, plus the knees have to be in good shape for the pop up and twisting that goes on. I'd recommend taking it slow but definitely getting back in the water can only be a good thing to do. Hope youre sorted soon mate. :ILU:
 

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Personally - I'd get yourself along and speak to the team that will be helping you rehab after the surgery (I assume you'll get physio?) and ask them if it's a good idea or not.

Swimming is obviously going to be a good therapy, but I'm not so sure surfing would be an ideal sport to get back into.

It'll take a lot out of your knees - and my concern would be what happened if your knee(s) 'went' whilst riding?

Would you be putting yourself in a dangerous position in the water where you might not be able to swim back in?

Obviously, it's your call mate, but take it under advice from the specialists T:
 

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If you love the sea and want to get back in the water why not get into boogie boarding. I know its no where near the same but it would give your knees some recovery time. Good luck.
 

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Hey best to take it easy at first as the knees can take a hammering when surfing. best to get some good advice from a physio and be careful with the swimming re-hab if you do too much breaststroke it tends to rotate the knee joints and inflames the tendons so front crawls better best of look and see ya in the water !:ILU:
 

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You could always try goat boating! for a little while.

Much less stress on the knees. A:

In fact that is a good idea, there used to be centre at woodmill??? back in the day leran on a little wave then go up the coast later.
 

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I've had both my kneecaps dislocated in the last 12 years.

Landed a big jump flat windsurfing 12 years ago last week. That one still aches in winter.

Fell awkwardly roping a load on a truck 4 years back.

After the first one, I begged them not to plaster the leg , started physio 2 weeks later and a fortnight after that was back on a mountain bike and windsurfing two weeks later again.
I found tubigrip elastic bandage and loads of duct tape held everything together under a wetsuit quite well I:

Second time around the doctor insisted that I be plastered otherwise they'd accept no responsibility if it didn't repair. Plaster for six weeks. Plaster off, drove to Volksworld show following day, tried surfing a week later and it hurt a lot. Lots of physio and excercises too. This one feels rubbish compared to the first and the actual accident was less traumatic, in as much as I fell over and my kneecap got knocked off.
The first time round I nearly chuffin drowned too and was in the sea for 45 mins.

I believe physio and excersise will be your best friend, I have spoken to friends who have used mechanical braces with mixed thoughts on benefit.
Anything you can do to strenghten them yourself will really help most.

Hope it improves T:
 

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Hi everyone.

I've just got back from a long stint working away and haven't been able to check in.

Many thanks for all your replies.

They have given me quite a lot to think about.

The last thing I want to do is put anyone else at undue risk.

I will consult with my doctor/physio before I do anything rash.

In the meantime I may just do some messing about in the white water and catch a few very short rides in or something relatively low risk. Hopefully some time in the new year.

Seems like a good compromise between having fun and unnecessary risk.

Cheers

Tom
 
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