ACL pull, is that real?

by bree lowry
(port hope)

August 2007, i was playing in a soccer game, top of my game, in the zone, almost a few goals, are team was doing fabulous, i was running down the field about to slide tackle when the girl with the ball stopped and i stopped without thinking , planted the foot and the rest of my body turned the other way. A huge 'pop' sound filled the stadium, at first it didn't phase me, then i knew something was wrong when i told my coach i could still play, but realized that my knee couldn't bare any weight, unfortunately i sat on the bench the rest of the game, which for me is a huge ego blow, and hard to watch a sport you completely love.

anyway, i figured i'd wait it out, we waited a few months to get into a physician, when she looked at the MRI, and played around with my leg, she made me jump, and what not, suddenly she tells me a unthinkable diagnosis, i was prepared for "you tore your ACL you need surgery," instead i heard " you pulled your ACL, with your strength you should be back in no time. At first i didnt believe it, i didn't sit out 3 months in pain to be told i 'pulled' it. But since she was pro, i figured she knew her stuff. I worked my ass off the next 3 months, gained more then 10 cm of muscle back in my right quad, my calves were better than ever, i was in the best shape of my life.
since i am a snowboarder, i snowboarded during the winter which made my legs even stronger!
so i figured i was ready for soccer. I played 2 games indoors and felt amazing, great to play again, then i went for a tackle , next thing i know, my knee is swollen again, i finally went to a PRO and he said i tore it, and there was no such thing as a pull, its either hurt or not, so i've been waiting awhile for the surgery, and have my surgery coming up on October 29th, i'm prepared for rehab, and want to work extra hard to come back and better than ever.

as reading the other stories i've realized that my focus shouldnt only be on my right leg, but also my left, and get it strong too, no body wants it to happen more than once !

the up to this experience is that now i know and understand how much i love soccer, and want this is my future, and it helps to hear other stories with fabulous, positive endings!
Also i want to be a physical therapist, and this introduced me to much more then any 16 year old could be introduced to.

only one question, which is better .. hamstring or the patellar graft?
i am nervous yeah, but i know that pain without purpose is insane , and pain with purpose has promise, so standing on my leg nearly after the surgery, finding the strength for finding the motion, and the extension is pain WITH PURPOSE!

thanks for hearing me out, it's good to know there are people who are in the same mind frame as myself, :)

wish me luck,
bree .

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First all I am very happy to hear that you are now completely recovered and able to play soccer again after some bad days in your life. ACL injury is not much serious comparing with other sort of injuries like hamstring and patellar draft. top gun fishing charters

Apr 14, 2009
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by: A Fan

I've just heard your good news that you now have permission from your surgeon and physio-therapist to return to playing your beloved game. Congratulations!!

Oct 12, 2008
diagnostics can be rough
by: Suzan


I do hope you update with comments. My heart goes out to you.

I am looking at maybe and ACL recon myself with a meniscus tear.

So far, I've been to two OS docs, but since my MRI says the ACL sprain is mild and that there is no menisci problem, I'm having a hard time getting it properly diagnosed and treated. It can be tough to be in a position of knowing something is WAY painful ad wrong and then not being able to get it taken care of.

I'm glad you perserved, and I'll be rooting for ya!


Sep 17, 2008
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by: Bart - SII

Good luck with your recovery. You will find some great support here if you post once in awhile and let us know how you are doing. No doubt you have already read through many of the stories shared on the site.

There is quite a bit of information about the graft choice - hamstring vs. patellar tendon. I put my opinion down here but that is just my opinion. You can also use the "Search SII" on the top left and search for all of the pages that contain information on the different graft choices.

Again, good luck with your recovery.


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