Your Age: – 17
State/Country (if outside U.S.): – Pa
Sport/Activity: – Soccer
Tell Your Story / Post a Follow Up: –
In September 2010 I was playing in a Labor day tournament. It was still pre- season for my High school team, but as a sophomore I was already starting. It was the second game of the tournament and I was playing defense. A girl was coming with the ball and I went in to take it when another girl on my team came from my left side and took us all out. She hit the side of my left knee. I quickly got up, but I noticed that my knee felt really weird. Coach didn’t see me flagging him so I just kept playing. My knee started to feel better, but just then a girl ran by with the ball. I began sprinting after her. I had almost caught her when suddenly my left knee just collapsed. It hurt really bad, so I just laid there. My couches and the trainer came out and helped me off the field. After describing to the trainer what I was feeling he said that it could be my ACL. So, I sat out the rest of the tournament and I saw our trainer the next practice. He also thought it was ligament so he sent me to a physical therapist/Athletic Trainer. He thought it could be my ACL too. WE made an appointment to see an orthopedic Dr. and after an MRI, they found that I had completely torn my ACL and some of my Meniscus. After some Physical Therapy I had surgery, about a month after my injury. I too was searching the internet looking for some idea of what to expect and there was not much. My Dr. used my patellar tendon to fix it. I was able to walk with crutches the day of surgery. Two days after surgery I started PT. It was extremely painful at times, but my Physical therapists were really great I helping me. One of my PT’s was a soccer coach and had torn his ACL as well. So after 6 months I returned to soccer. Things were going well until our memorial tournament. I was kicking a ball with my right foot and I brought my foot back down really quickly. I don’t remember how exactly I fell but I ended up on the ground and it hurt. I am told that I landed with my knee out. So my coach and a EMT ! came out.. I lied there just calmed myself down. I was thinking “ oh no not again”. They pulled me up and I told them I could walk by myself. So I walked off the field. My knee did not feel unstable and it felt completely different then last time. It hurt more on the outside. I sat out the rest of that game and my friend texted our High School trainer. He eventually came out. I explained what happened and he did a bunch of tests on it. They all hurt just on the outside. He gave me ice and said that he thought it was a lateral ligament sprain. He told me that I should see my physical therapist. So I sat out the rest of the tournament. My therapist also thought it was a lateral ligament sprain. I did not end up playing for the rest of the season (2 games). I checked in with my PT’s every week, and as the summer went on they thought it was more of a meniscus injury. Then in July I was supposed to go to a soccer camp. He said to go to the camp with no restrictions but to stop if it hurt at all and to bring their number just in case. So I went to camp and was doing pretty good, only a few little pains. On the second day I was playing the evening game and I was chasing a ball on defense. I was running down the line toward our goal to turn it and when I did, I pivoted hard of my right leg. I felt a pop and it HURT so I quickly sat down. I laid back and was trying to calm my self down. My coaches came out and I told them not to touch me and to let me calm myself down. I rolled on my stomach and was about to get up and my coach said to just relax and take it easy. Eventually I scooted off the field and the trainer came over. My coach said she heard a pop too and that the other coach said that she had heard a pop. The trainer examined it and said it looked like more meniscus. She asked about my previous injury. I did not play for the rest of camp. When I got back I saw my therapist and he said that I should see a DR. So I scheduled an appointment about a week later. When I saw him, he messed around with m! y knee mov! ing it different ways. He said that because my legs were so strong he could not do the regular tests that he usually did, so he did some special ones, but he still was not sure. I got an x-ray, which didn’t show anything. So he said that he wanted me to get an MRI. I did the following day, Tuesday, (my birthday) and had and scheduled an appointment for the following Monday. I filled out this paper that my therapist gave me so that they would get the results too. Since soccer started on Monday we asked if they could call us with the results. SO I had my MRI and then the next day they called and told me that I had torn my other ACL and some meniscus. I was devastated!!! But I decided to play my Junior year with a brace and have surgery later. Then in January of 2012 I had my second surgery. This time the Dr. used a cadaver. Before surgery he told me that he would mix my ACL and maybe trim meniscus, but that I could walk that day. But when I woke up form surgery they told me that my meniscus was pretty bad and that they had repaired it which meant that I could not walk for 6 weeks. This rehabs was different and after surgery was more painful. Rehab was slower due to the meniscus. After being discharged from PT at 4 months my Dr. wanted me to do an athletic enhancement program to my knee stronger. I did and my Dr. barley cleared me in time for soccer. So I played my senior season, but reinjured my meniscus on senior night. But after some rest I was able to play the rest of the season. Through all of this I have learned so much!! I want you all to know that you can do it!! It might be hard but if you put your mind to it you will get through it!