Recovery dilemma after ACL
I've come to a bit of a dilemma, I guess I'm just wondering what others thoughts are on this. I'm almost recovered from an ACL recon, and meniscus repair. I tore it doing judo about a year ago during a tournament. It was basically a freak accident where my knee got blocked, we both went down and pop it tore.
I've had to relocate for school, and haven't attended any dojo's since the tournament. I have about 10 years of shotokan experience, and had been doing judo about 2.5 years before the injury. I will start training in shotokan again once I'm able.
The dilemma comes with whether I should return to Judo as well, or find an (at least slightly) safer grappling art? I love judo, but I'm afraid of turning into a 30 year old collection of injuries. My friends who have continued training have sustained concussions, AC separations, a multitude of knee tears, among other injuries. Do you guys have any suggestions of what I could do? Is BJJ a safer alternative? I've never been injured in newaza. Should I ease back and just avoid competition? I'm really hoping there's a compromise somewhere here.
*Spark Notes version: Did judo & shotokan. Had knee injury. Worried about re-injury.