ACL Injurie from soccer

by Jael
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I am 15, and a sophomore in High school.

3 1/2 weeks ago I was playing in a pre-season varsity soccer tournament with my high school team.
I was running after a player with the ball, when me, my team mate, and the girl with the ball all collided. My team mate came from my left side and when we all fell, my knee felt weird, but I got up and walked around and it started to feel better, but then another girl was running down the side with the ball and I ran after her, I had almost caught her when I felt my knee give out and I just collapsed, it hurt really bad for a second then it felt better. My coaches and the trainer ran out and I walked off the field. There trainer looked at it and said that he thought my ACL could be torn, and he said to talk to our trainer when I went to practice. I was out the rest of the game.
The next practice I saw our trainer, and he looked at it, it was really swollen and had little pain.
He talked to his supervisor at a physical therapy place, and made an appointment with him for the next day.
He looked at it and said to make an appointment with a DR. so I saw an orthopedic surgeon, who scheduled me for an MRI.
After the MRI, I had an appointment to see what it said.
When I got there he told me that my ACL was completely torn, and that I had also partially torn my meniscus. That meant surgery if I wanted to play soccer again, and that also meant I was done for the season, I tried not to cry but, that did not work so well!
So now I am doing pre-operative rehab, and I find out when surgery is on Tuesday.
I am trusting God to help me cope, and I have already started to adjust, but I am still really sad about missing my whole season.
I know God has a reason, but I am extremely sad because it was my first year starting varsity.
Please pray for me!

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Sep 19, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hey girl!
I am so sorry to hear about your other knee! Same thing happened to me. Tore my left ACL my freshman basketball season, it was bad. My sophomore year, I tore my right ACL and it didn't seem all the bad. i played a month with no ACL and kept reinjuring it, sure enough i had torn my other ACL. I had surgery, junior year was injury free, and i am hoping this year (my senior year) will go great. I hope you are ok and everything goes alright. I definitely understand.

Aug 10, 2011
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by: Jael

WELL......
I had an MRI yesterday (my birthday) and today I found out that I tore my other ACL!! :(

I don't even know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 26, 2011
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by: Jael

OK! so I was at soccer camp last weekend and I hurt my right-"good" knee again! Its doing ok! Now my therapist wants me to see my DR. to see what to do next! so we shall see! soccer starts in a little less that 3 weeks so... I hope to be ok by then!

Jul 12, 2011
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by: Jael

Well, I have not written in a while but all is well.
My reconstructed knee is doing GREAT it feels pretty good!
MY other knee is doing just ok. The indie as well as the outside hurts at times, mostly cutting. They still think its a LCL thing though and maby meniscus. I have a brace I am supposed to wear when I do things. I am checking in weekly with my PTs. Soccer camp is next week and Fall HS soccer practices start Aug. 15. I am hoping to be good by then.


Jun 01, 2011
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by: Jael

OK!:) So my reconstructed knee is doing great!!
But the other day at a soccer tournament over memorial day, I hurt my other one:)
Today I got it checked out again and they said that is was just an LCL strain. So it feeling better now and I can play again after some rest! But that was scary though:) I thought I had done something serious at first!

May 06, 2011
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by: Jael

Well, I had my first game last Sunday May 1.
I felt pretty good through it.
There were a few times when I was a bit nervous to go for the ball, but others times I was not and I just took it!
Oh well, Its nice to have the first one out of the way :)
During the game my knee felt pretty good, there was one time where I pivoted on it to kick the ball and my knee was not quiet used to moving that way, but it held strong and it just felt a little scary:) Haha, but all is going well.
My knee feels pretty normal now!

I am still working out at my therapy clinic. Last week my therapist did a strength test to see how my legs compared and he said that they are mostly the same. My left (reconstructed) leg is a little less strong. Also my left quad is still smaller thatn my right :) haha! My therapist also recently revised my program and now I am doing more jumping stuff.

So all is going well!!!!

Apr 30, 2011
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by: Jael

So I have not written for a while but everything is going well!

I actually have not played a game yet do to rain. The game I was supposed to have on the 10th was canceled, but tomorrow is my first game since my injury.
I am a bit nervous but I know I will do fine!
I am still working out at my therapy clinic. LAst time I was there my therapist had me do a strength test and he said that my left (reconstructed) leg was just about as strong as my other one!!:) yay!

So all is going well!!
It has been a long journey, but I have learned so much! I can't wait to play!!!!!

Apr 06, 2011
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by: Jael

On the 12th it will have been 6 months.
Ok, so at practice last Thursday every thing went well! It was kinda boring because all I was able to do was one passing drill and sprints, the rest was all contact! But oh well.

So today I asked my physical therapist if I could have contact now. after a bit of thought he said "sure". I was pretty excited!
He wanted to watch me do a one legged jump on both legs, so I did and they were even!
SO I have practice tomorrow and then my first game is on Sunday!!!! I am SOO excited!

I am almost there!

Mar 28, 2011
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by: Jael

Well today I found out that our first practice for spring soccer is this Thursday, March 31st.
I am SOO excited! I am ready to get these "non-contact" practices out of the way:) Then FINALLY I will get to play some SOCCER!

I will keep you updated on how it goes!

I am still working out at therapy and running. Just today my therapist gave me this program to do. It has jumping stuff and injury prevention things too.

So I am almost there!!

Mar 14, 2011
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by: Anonymous

You are doing awesome! I know you want to play now, but it is worth the wait. 6 months is usually the earliest for soccer and basketball.But, i definitely know how you feel. I tore both of my ACL's and it was like that for me for summer basketball camps.

Mar 14, 2011
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by: Jael

Hello!
I have not written in a while, but everything is going great!

I am working out at my therapy clinic which is going pretty well. My knee feels stable and good! I am doing lots of one legged things and jumping! The back is still bugging me but I still ignore it, my Dr. said that that is normal!

I have wanted to play indoor soccer (its going on right now)(just pickup games) but my therapist said I should wait till I am stronger... so I am listening!!

Spring soccer starts soon, BUT.. now my therapist is telling me that he would like my fist practice (at least) to be non-contact! I could have died when he told me, non-contact in soccer is just basically passing and shooting! I am sooo ready to play, its been 5 months since my surgery and my Dr. cleared me but...

Oh well I guess I will enjoy playing all the more when I FINALLY get to!

Feb 16, 2011
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by: Jael

Well today I saw my DR. and he said I am cleared for EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

I can't wait till soccer starts, and I just turned in the form for spring soccer!:)
My Dr. said the only restrictions will be in my head, but other than that I can play!:)

This had been a long process, but I think that I have learned a LOT during this whole thing!

YAY!!!!!!!

Feb 02, 2011
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by: Jael

YAY! Today was my last day of therapy!!!! I think in a way I will miss it:) It has sort of become part of my life. But I am glad its over too!

I am still going to be working out at the clinic to get ready for SOCCER!!!!!

Some people ask me "are you going to play soccer again?"

I tell them right away "YEAH!" I knew even right after I found out that I tore my ACL that I was going to still play soccer! I miss it soooo much! I can't wait for the season to start.

Jan 30, 2011
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by: Jael

Oh, I am really sorry! Its the hardest thing to sit on the bench and watch your team do well when you are not able to play! I know how you feel because I at out this whole High school season!

Hard in what way?

Physically the stuff I had to do would not normal be hard (like a straight leg raise) but after surgery I could not do it (like I would tell my leg to lift and it would not:) because your leg muscles are not as strong anymore.
Also some stuff (like when they bent my leg farther than it felt good) hurts, but its was not as bad as I though it would be, and it was only for less than 5 min.

Other than that I think it was mentally harder. Its a LONG proccess. Sometimes it just seemed like I would be doing therapy forever.... BUT, it will end! I only have one week of therapy left and when I found that out I was like "ALREADY??? wow that was quick!"

I wish you the best!! Just work hard and you will make it!:)

Jan 30, 2011
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by: Jael

WEll I found out that next week is my last week of therapy!!!! YAY!

AND I got to pass a soccer ball at therapy too! FIRST TIME!!!!!

So when this week is over I am going to continue to work out at the clinic but that will just be for strength. Soccer starts in late March (I am SOOO excited!)

I am almost there!!!

Jan 29, 2011
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by: Anonymous

hey its good that your doing so well!(:
well im 14(turnin 15 this year) and i tore my acl in june5 2010(two days before my bday:\) i was playing soccer too so ikno wat your going thru :( well i didnt even get cleared for high school soccer before i found out i needed surgery on dec21, 2010. it sucks to see all my friends on the field playin while im on the bench :'( well its been 5weeks since suregery and im gona start rehab next week so i just wanted to ask if its hard to go thru this rehab process?

Jan 26, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Just do your excercises! it's the key i promise you!

Jan 19, 2011
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by: Jael

Well today I did 2 running segments at therapy instead of one:) 4 minutes at a time:)
I do therapy still 3 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours.
My therapist said I am doing excellent that I might be done with therapy before I have my next Dr visit (Feb 16)But I might still go there to work out till soccer.

My spring soccer season starts late march early april. YAY!!!!!

Also since my therapist is a soccer coach too, he is going to give me some drill stuff to do.

Over all doing VERY well:)!

Jan 12, 2011
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by: Jael

Oh I am sorry to hear that!:(
I think I was at 90 degrees at about 3 weeks post op.
I had pain on the front of my knee when we first started stretching it! To tell you the truth that hurt, sometimes it was all I could do not to cry. Sometimes it seemed like we were not getting anywhere, but we eventually did, it just takes time (like as you know this whole process unfortunately dose:(), You WILL get there!!. Then once we got to like 40 degrees I felt this pain on the back left side of my knee, which my therapists said they have never seen before, and they thought it was hamstring related (from doing something else). But you should not have to worry about that one:)
Where is the pain on you when they bend it?
Let me know what happens and if you have any other questions!

Jan 11, 2011
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congrats!
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to hear that you are finally getting the hang of things and your recovery is going well! I also tore my acl in a soccer game in the last few minutes (I'm a junior) and I recently underwent surgery (I'm 2 weeks post op tomorrow). I wanted to ask you, since you say you have pain when bending your knee, at what point did you get to 90 degrees? I'm currently at around 75 and I'm worried that it won't go any further because of excruciating pain on the muscles around the knee they seem to get REALLY tight :'( any advice?

Thanks and good luck!

Jan 10, 2011
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by: Jael

Ok so, last week I walked 30 min. And today I GOT TO RUN! Oh my it was amazing. After 4 months without running it was AWESOME:)
So soon I am going to start jump roping and other jumping!
I have already started lots of one legged thing.

I am WELL on my way!

Dec 29, 2010
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by: Jael

Hi Everyone!

Well everything is going really well EXCEPT that little thing in the back!
But I just ignore it most of the time one I get over it.
My therapist said that once I can walk comfortably for 30 min that I will be able to start running:) YAY!!!
He is hoping by week 12 (currently I am in week 11)
This Friday will be my last day of pool therapy, which is exciting (although I enjoyed that more than everything else)

So things are going really well!:)

Dec 27, 2010
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Re: God's plan
by: Anonymous

I'm the one that wrote about my left acl freshman yr and right acl my sophomore yr. You really do see God's plan. It is really hard to go through and i think i may have asked why even more my second time because I felt like I was just getting back and I had to do it ALL over again, but in the end you do see why. I don't ever wanna go through it again but I thank God for my injuries because it has taught me so many life lessons and it has even showed me what direction i want my life to go. I now know that I want to be a physical therapist. I guess we just have to be patient and know that He knows what is best. God bless you in your recovery! :)

Dec 23, 2010
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by: Jael

I am doing really well! thank you!!!!!
Yes I can't wait to get back.

It was really hard when it first happend not to ask "WHY?" but now I am beginning to see Gods plan!!

Dec 23, 2010
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by: Anonymous

good blog!Glad you are doing so well. I tore my left acl and mensicus freshman yr and my right ACL my sophomore yr. It is very frustraiting, and we all cry when we find out. But, God is able to teach you things during the time. It took me 6 months to get back to competitive basketball, a month to run, and about 2 months to get back to basketball drills my 2nd surgery. how are you doing now?? Good luck.

Dec 17, 2010
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by: Jael

Well I went back to the doctor and he said it is still very stable!:)
And he asked when my next sports season was, so I told him spring soccer starting in April, and he said I should be ready!!!YAY

I am still having therapy, and there still is that pain in the back of my knee, but my doctor said it is just scare tissue, and it will come and go.
Next week my therapist told me that we will be starting some one legged things!:) I am sure that will be an adventure on its own:)

Thanks everyone!

Dec 17, 2010
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RE: dont worry!
by: Jael

Thanks Jackie
Its good to her that you are back! It is very encouraging to her that someone else went through the same thing as me and is back!

Congratulations on your first practice:)!!!

Dec 16, 2010
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dont worry!
by: Jackie

hey! i am 15 too, and i tore mine playing soccer as well and i tore it in the first 5 minutes of a state playoff game:( but i did the same thing as you, i tore mine may 1st and its december 16th today and it was my first practice back:), dont worry its gonna be okay youll end up coming back stronger and more motivated, you just gotta keep with it.. dont listen to all those people telling you aww shucks.. i know this one person who went back and tore it... dont listen to it.. if you do your rehab then you will be fine.
you got it girl

Dec 02, 2010
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by: Jael

Its been a long time since I have written, but so much has happened.
I stopped using crutches almost 3 weeks ago!:)
And at the 1 month doctor visit, he said it is VERY stable!
I am doing pool therapy for 30 minutes and regular therapy for an hour and a half. The therapist that usually works with me has had this same injury from soccer and had surgery. So we relate very well and he knows what I am going through!
I am able to walk pretty normal.
I am having to really work on getting full extension though.
A week or 2 ago I was supposed to be at 25 degrees bending but instead I was at 30!
I am having a bit of an issue bending, because I get this pain in the back of my knee when he is bending it, and he thinks it had to do with my hamstring.
But everything is going pretty good! I even got to go hunting last Monday:)

Dec 02, 2010
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Re: Good Luck
by: Jael


Thanks! I am really sorry about your injury too!
I do have a question! How long was your recovery total?

Nov 07, 2010
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Re: Good Luck
by: Anonymous

Thanks! I am really sorry about your injury too!
I do have a question! How long was your recovery total?

Nov 06, 2010
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Hope u get better
by: Anonymous

i missed my whole soccer season too and they think ill miss most of my basketball season. when ever i watch people play sports it always makes me wanna cry so i completly realte to u

Nov 05, 2010
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Good Luck
by: Anonymous

I remember the day I tore my ACL just like you, I got back up and my knee completely gave out on me. I am 14 and tore it end of 8th grade, I am now in 9th grade and have gotten a starting spot on varsity soccer and was out until September 14 when I was just cleared. I know it feels like you will never be the same again, but you can do it! Good luck with ur further recovery I would be more then welcome to answer any questions you have. :)

Oct 31, 2010
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Great blog
by: Brad

Good work with your sports Injury Blog.
Keep up the good work!

www.drbradfarra.com

Oct 22, 2010
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by: Jael

Well it defiantly was not as bad as I thought!
I am doing well. I go to therapy 3 times a week, and that is OK. I can actually put weight on my leg, and it is not painful. It only really hurts if I move in a certain way. I reached a mile stone 2 days ago - I did a straight leg rais all by myself!YAY Thanks everyone for your comments!

Oct 21, 2010
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me too!
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm a 16 yeah old girl and a junior in high school and I had been playing for my school's varsity team when I tore my ACL a month ago as well. I have surgery on November 1st and I know exactly how you feel, once I found out I cried for a few hours, it was terrible. hope you're doing well!

Oct 17, 2010
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sorry
by: Anonymous

That stinks im really sorry! i hope the surgery went well. Atleast its not your senior year i tore my ACL and meniscus during basketball season this past year and i have to sit out my Senior soccer season. its really hard but it will all get better over time! best of luck!

Oct 12, 2010
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Keep Your Head Up!
by: Brad Smith

So sorry for your injury... I know it's a frustrating process.

I know it's tough, but you can get through it. I tore my ACL, LCL, and bicep hamstring muscles during college, and came back to play.

It just takes time, patience, and some hard work. Fortunately, people come back from ACL injuries and are able to keep playing.


Oct 09, 2010
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Relax:)
by: G

Relax and just know that your knee will be better after the op. I have found that in preparing for the op. the best thing to do is convince yourself that if you want to function again normally it´s necessary and beleive me it is. Good luck!

Oct 08, 2010
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hey
by: Anonymous

Hey Sorry!
I will be prayin!

Oct 08, 2010
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by: Jael

Well, surgery in on Tuesday the 12th!
I am very nervous and scared! Dose anyone have any advice?

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