“I am taking my time and I truly feel much stronger.”

Nickname: – Shannon 
Your Age: – 15
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State/Country (if outside U.S.): – 
Sport/Activity: – Soccer
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It was my 4th game in the weekend when I tore my ACL. I was running down the field with the ball when a defender took it from me, I extended my leg to try to get the ball back and it twisted, then I was pushed from behind. I heard a crack and immediately started crying. I am a pretty strong player and whenever I would get knocked down, I right away get up and continue playing. When I didn’t get up. everyone knew something was wrong. The following day I went to a friend who is an orthopedist. He told me there was a chance that I tore my ACL. At the time I was 13, I did not know what an ACL was, little less did I know that I would need surgery for it. Later that day, I got an MRI to confirm that I did tear my ACL and sprained my MCL. I got surgery about a month after. I have a high tolerance for pain so it wasn’t too bad, except for the fact that I had surgery right before summer so that was kind of a bust. I rehabbed for about 9 months and was then cleared to go back to playing. Finally, I was so excited to finally be playing again. My first game back was at a tournament 6 hours away from my town. I had mixed emotions but I knew I was ready, or at least thought I was. I played about 4 minutes till I went down and heard the crack, the same crack I heard the first time I was injured. This time it was my other knee. What had happened was I put all my weight onto my good leg because I wanted to protect my bad one. I got pushed as I was turning and down I went. I was carried off the field where a trainer came over and pulled on my knee and all that stuff. She told me I was fine and I could continue playing. I knew I was not fine. My dad had to go get me crutches, keep in mind I was no where close to home. I knew I had torn my other ACL, no one wanted to believe it though. I left the tournament early because I was so emotional. I’ve played soccer my whole life, I couldn’t understand why this kept happening to me. Now I am about 11 months post-op and I have been cleared to play. I am taking my time and I truly feel much stronger.
  • CHristie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your story. My daughter tore her ACL and meniscus June 1. She was at soccer try outs and took a shot with her left foot. Her leg came back down in an off balance motion. She has played soccer since she was 4 and was extremely committed to the sport. This injury was so devastating to our family. I cannot imagine having to go through it twice. Everyone says she will most likely be cleared at 9 mo to play again , but to wait a year due to the high reinjury rate. I hope you get back to playing the sport you love. You are doing the right thing by taking your time. Good luck!

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