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Returning at 65 with unstable knee #2838418
08/27/18 07:00 PM
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I'm 65, a Brit in North Devon, and returning to surf after a long time out of the water. I surfed full time from age 14 until 30 years ago. Ten years ago I had lung surgery for a congenital defect. Lung function and capacity have been restored to normal for my age but I have to work at keeping fit. I am overweight at 200 lbs oughtbut my main issue in returning now is my left knee. I ruptured my PCL ten years ago - yep, it was quite a year - and have not had any surgical replacement. The knee is unstable and doesn't take weight well, which is more of an issue since I'm goofy foot. Th back into ite combined issues see me lacking balance and confidence but not determination to surf again full time. Any advice on exercise, braces, and general getting back into it would be very welcome.

Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2838434
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I don't know the specifics of your situation but I would suggest losing the weight before anything else is the obvious first step.


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Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2839521
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drop knee works.

ask any sponger.

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Weight loss in progress and going well. I'm hoping that shedding a couple of stone (25-30lbs) will improve knee function but any other advice gratefully received, especially from other late returners

Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2840546
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Welcome back old timer! I'm one also. For cardio work out on a bike, it will burn some calories and strengthens the quads. Not knowing the level of instability you may need to start by doing floor exercises with ankle weights. Look to strengthen the quads but also the hips and the core. If your knee is stable enough begin with standing single leg exercise with just your body weight. A simple exercise like standing on one foot and gently swinging the opposite leg for 30-60 seconds is a start. There are tons of simple exercises which you can do at home, think both isolating exercise to target the quads (straight leg raises) then progress to standing (single leg lunge). Good luck, cowabunga!

Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2841332
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When it's really small can still get a thrill just riding prone on my surfboard. You can get little tubes on foot high waves. I said prone because I don't mean body board as in boogie board.

If I were you I'd get my cardio and work out just paddlng out and belly boarding and then stand up when it feels right. You'll get your arms in shape, get a work out and most important be in the ocean.

Cheers!

Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2853965
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Make friends with someone with two Stand Up Paddle boards and see if he will show you the tricks to handle one.
You may be able to find a brace to wear and keep your knee from being injured.






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Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2880267
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I have an unstable knee as well. Part of my cartilage broke away from injuries then got locked in my knee, that sucked, but like you, I will always have an unstable knee.

The neoprene sleeves with the metal braces on the side worked for me while healing while surfing. You will go through a couple, the metal might rust, but they are cheap.

Build up your quads like no other.

Get a carbon kneebrace, look at Donjoy. I love it and have to wear it on land for sports. It is waterproof and will work in the ocean. Mine is the Defiance. My insuarance covered it luckily.


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Re: Returning at 65 with unstable knee [Re: Returner53] #2880929
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IS buggery still a s populer as ever in England.? shrug


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