How to Wreck a Knee In Four Easy Steps

So.  You’ve just turned 39 years old.  Your wife has just turned 38.  It’s her birthday and she wants to go to a trampoline park.  WHAT COULD GO WRONG?  Nothing…  nothing that is, until you’re about to leave and decide, “hey, one more time for the camera so the kids can see how much fun this was.”





Triple jump, bounce off the wall for the fourth jump, twist around and triple jump back to the starting point?  SO MUCH FUN…  the first few times I did it.

But note how my right leg is more extended than the left?  That apparently was significant.  Because when I landed, even though it was not an awkward landing, my right knee gave out.

Patellar tendon completely came off the patella (knee cap), leaving me with something that only vaguely resembles a knee.



MRI tomorrow, surgery Tuesday, 6-8 weeks of crutches and several months of rehab.  Yuck.

In the meantime, stay tuned for some guest posts Smile

Rob Collie

One of the founding engineers behind Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, and creator of the world’s first cloud Power Pivot service, Rob is one of the foremost authorities on self-service business intelligence and next-generation spreadsheet technology.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Donald Parish

    Ouch. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

    1. Rob

      Owie! Get better soon. Good opportunity to write another book. You won’t be running around for a while

  2. spotpuff

    Ugh. As someone who’s also broken his knee in various ways, I cringed. Get well soon.

  3. 100tsky


    from Russia – popravlyaisya (get better soon)

    1. powerpivotpro

      Thank you! Are you the single dot on Moscow in the user group survey? If so, say hi to Snowden for us :)

  4. crouchhold

    I tore my patella tendon playing rugby a couple of years ago – strangely, it wasn’t that painful at the time. Best of luck, you’ll get through this and come out stronger!

  5. Anne Walsh

    I do hope you get better soon. I suspect your wife won’t bring you to the trampoline park the next time :-)

  6. BasKroes

    Ouch. I’ll scratch trampoline park off my PowerPivot list of things todo :-). Get well soon Rob!

  7. Sean

    And all caught on tape (well, photos.) Reminds me of those “watch this” youtube videos. The ones that don’t end well. Anyway, happy healing!

  8. Phil

    Speedy recovery.

  9. gregkramer1

    Kind of ironic that you have a picture of the movie “White Men Can’t Jump” on your page. Sadly here is another data point that supports that conclusion. Get well soon my friend.

  10. Heidi T

    Even though the injury and resulting recovery stinks, I was so glad to meet you and your wife and take care of you. I hope the surgery goes well and the recovery is smooth.

    1. powerpivotpro

      Hey thanks Heidi! I still have a short post to write about some of the cool people who helped me out that night :)

  11. Michael Miskell

    Rob, Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    The class week was great, making lots of progress with DAX. :)

  12. Avichal

    I had heard that the waivers they make you sign at these places have some pretty scary language. Apparently for good reason :-)
    Get well soon! Really looking forward to your next book.

  13. sam

    Rob….Having broken an elbow I know what you are going through…..Take Care and Get well soon.

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