Skiing after complete bicep tear

skifanskifan Posts: 72 Baller
Hello, anyone have experience skiing after a complete distal, lower, bicep tear. I tore mine in March 2021 and am pretty much back to normal but I am nervous about getting back on a slalom ski. I've looked at the Goode PowerVest to help ease my mind but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Curious how long you might have waited or how long it took you to ease back into it.



  • tjmtjm Posts: 394 Solid Baller
    Go ski. I tore my right arm six years ago and my left arm last year Both times I was skiing again after a couple months of PT. It’s not a problem.
  • Vernon ReeveVernon Reeve Posts: 114 Baller
    Mine tore after switching to the non-standard grip for a lefty. But apparently, my left bicep didn't have years of getting stronger, so it tore on a bad deep water start.
    I already had the power vest in storage, so I'm back to using it now. I still need to remember to let my arms go straight so the power vest can take the load. The power vest works great (still trying to get used to the deep water start however). I can ski more passes with the power vest, and it doesn't seem to affect my skiing.
    The other thing you can do to move the load to the other bicep is switch your grip.
  • bradbbradb Posts: 36 Baller
    Tore mine in March. Skied in August.
  • skifanskifan Posts: 72 Baller
    I'm guessing you guys that skied right away didn't need surgery. I was in a brace for 4 months post op.
  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 328 Solid Baller
    I had both repaired rt in 2004, L in 2013..theyre great!!!
  • tjmtjm Posts: 394 Solid Baller
    edited June 14
    I was in surgery both times. Wore a brace for 6 weeks and in a sling for 8. Then PT for two months. Same program both times. Surgery had to be within first 10 days from injury both times.
  • skifanskifan Posts: 72 Baller
    That's good to hear, thanks. Nothing to it but to do it!!
  • lukeskierlukeskier Posts: 1
    The Powervest takes a lot of strain off your elbow tendons and ligaments. It is a little tricky getting used to it. I have the driver pull me up a little slower with the vest. I talked with the guy who helped Dave design it and he uses the vest to train but not in tournaments.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    Been there done that. PowerVest is awesome if you need it. You will be fine.

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  • swbcaswbca Posts: 741 Crazy Baller
    edited June 15
    Make sure your biceps are relaxed with arms straight when under pulling tension and don't pull handle in at beginning of edge change. I tore mine skiing years ago in cold weather and it still gets sore and feels vulnerable if I do to many curls or pullups in a week. No problem with skiing with those precautions which are consistent with good performance skiing.
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  • BooBoo Posts: 32 Baller
    Total detachment of right arm distal bicep tendon June 15 last year. Surgery to reattach June 29. Trick skied on my birthday October 22 (73rd birthday). Didn’t slalom until this spring. Arm seems strong but my slalom still sucks. 😛😛
  • ellenmellenm Posts: 30 Baller
    I tore my right bicep in December and started skiing again in mid April. Did PT for 2 weeks, then I free skied for a week with both hands always on the handle. Started skiing normally in May. No problems.

  • skiron07skiron07 Posts: 95 Baller
    Same for me back in '06 but happened at the end of the year so I waited the full 36 weeks and did PT; had the same concerns as you- asked my surgeon and he just told be to go ski
    but I did flip my grip over- and now I can do that whenever I feel the need to
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