Anna Marie's ACL Tear. I will be Better!

by Anna Marie

I'm 15 and I tore my acl playing in a high level travel soccer game, on April 9. It didn't hurt, I could still walk, but I knew something was wrong. I started physical therapy immediately after finding out it was an ACL tear. 3 weeks after tearing my acl, I can fully bend and straighten my knee. I ride the bike for 10 minutes everyday, and do simple exercises. My quad/thy muscles on my right leg have weakened unfortunately. I can even do yoga, and shoot basketballs, though I'm probably not supposed to. Surgery is May 9th, exactly a month after the incident. I can't wait as it will bring me closer to playing soccer again!


For all those who have recently torn their acl. It's not the end of the world! You'll be back to playing your sport before you know it. I know that through hard work, Ill be back playing soccer, at the same level I was before. Personally, my goal is to come back even better than before. I know that through therapy I can really focus on strengthening my core and my leg muscles. (my leg muscles were already strong before incident) but i plan to make them stronger, and increase my balance and flexibility. Your speed, doesn't come from your knees, it comes from your core, hamstrings and quads. So don't worry about losing your speed. In 3 months, the doctor said I'll be ready to run. Again I will work so hard in therapy that I plan to run before 3 months. Once I can run and bike, I'm going to get in the best shape I ever was. I won't be able to play soccer yet, but I will still be in top shape from running, biking, doing my physical therapy, swimming, and yoga! I plan fill up on protein, and all the other important nutrients that help the body to become stronger! In 6 months I think I'll be playing soccer again, and I will be better than before, so will you!
Good luck to all of you!

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Aug 25, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Parents should pay their attention in the character building of their children. They should keep custom essays service themselves updated from the activities of their children. They should guide them about their good and bad.

Apr 25, 2012
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by: Anna MArie

hey guys i just wanted to update everyone.
February was 8 months and I was finally cleared to play soccer!!!! It feels so great getting back on the field and my knee feels really good. For all of you still recovering, my knee really started to feel better at 8 to 9 months, so hang in there! i do play on an ecnl travel team.
I was afraid I would come back scared, but I'm not at all. I feel strong and I have confidence that my knee will be fine.
Good luck to you all I hope your doing great.

Apr 25, 2012
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by: Bonnie

Hey Anna Marie I am 16 years old and completely tore my acl back in spring of '10. I had my surgery in august 2011 and it has been going great so far. I had the hamstring graft and pt helped a lot. If I were to give advise, I'd defiantly say to listen to your doctors instructions. I had a scare because I didn't start exercising my knee asap when I was told to. Because of this, scar tissue has already settled around my knee and it only bends to about a 125 degree angle until I feel pulling and stiffness pain around my knee. Keep posting stories! I love reading them. Take care!

Apr 25, 2012
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by: Bonnie

Hey Anna Marie I am 16 years old and completely tore my acl back in spring of '10. I had my surgery in august 2011 and it has been going great so far. I had the hamstring graft and pt helped a lot. If I were to give advise, I'd defiantly say to listen to your doctors instructions. I had a scare because I didn't start exercising my knee asap when I was told to. Because of this, scar tissue has already settled around my knee and it only bends to about a 125 degree angle until I feel pulling and stiffness pain around my knee. Keep posting stories! I love reading them. Take care!

Jul 18, 2011
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soccer
by: Jael

I play for a travel team in the spring and then for my high school in the fall.

Do you play on a travel team?

Jul 14, 2011
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by: Anna Marie

i was wondering,, do you guys play for travel teams?

Jul 11, 2011
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by: Jael

Maddy,
Haha Well its just come to be a positive on because there is nothing I could have done to change it! :)
My surgery was 9 months ago tomorrow! It really has not seemed that long!!
Actually, when I hurt my knee I was on defense getting the ball from an opponent and one of the girls on my team came to help but she came from my left side and ran into the side of my knee. We all ended up in a pile. My knee felt really strange but I got up and kept playing. Then that is when I went chasing after the girl about 5 min later and my knee gave out. It was on turf though, and I was wearing normal cleats.
I waited about exactly a month too. Just like Anne Marie said, as long as you have full motion you should be good for surgery. And I agree your vacation probably would be more fun before surgery! Are you using crutches now?
I actually did not have a leg brace after my surgery. I don’t know why but I just had an immobilizer for the first week when I slept.
I was really scared too! The closer it got the more worried I became. The night before I was a WRECK!!! :) You will be FINE though! If possible have your surgery in the morning!!! Then you won’t have to think about it all day!! I had to be at the hospital at 6:10 in the morning so I woke up and headed out! Another good reason to have it in the morning is so that you won’t have to spend the whole day not eating!! :) Anesthesia was not that bad either. I was worried about the IV but I HARDLY felt it! The only thing was that when I woke up there was this weird plastic taste from it, and that mad me a bit nauseous. The second day afterward I was a bit light headed at PT, But that was from my pain meds. As for stitches, I am not positive, but I think he used dissolving ones and used this glue stuff. I also had these strips across it to hold it together at first.
One thing about PT is that it dose hurt sometimes!! Just work through it though. And have a PT that understands and that is nice is SO IMPORTANT!!! Mine had had this surgery too and played soccer as well, and on top of that he was a soccer coach! SO we fit really well!
Let me know how tomorrows PT goes!!

Jul 11, 2011
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the injury
by: Anna Marie

I forgot to add.. I was going to goal and tried to do an inside-outside move to get past the defender, when I was in the middle of doing it the defender tackled me. It was all ball, not a foul. but I flew up in the air and that's when I heard the pop.. Weird the ways people tear theirs!

another girl on my team tore hers and she thinks her foot got stuck in the turf. She said when she comes back she's going to wear turf cleats whenever were playing on turf now.
were you guys wearing normal cleats or turf shoes?

Jul 11, 2011
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by: Anna Marie

everything with anesthesia went well, but I was light-headed the next day. i had to wear the brace for 6 weeks, but your doctor might let you take it off sooner than that. I went in pool a few weeks after surgery but I couldn't really "swim" yet I just stood and floated around. I had my surgery 2 months ago. I waited exactly a month after my injury to get the surgery. As long as you basically have full motion back you'll be ready for surgery. I don't think it would make a difference if you postponed it a little. You'd definitely have more fun on your vacation before the surgery.

Jul 09, 2011
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by: Maddy

Hi Jael and Anna Marie,
Thanks for your replies. You both seem to have such a positive attitude about all of this. How long ago was your surgery? The same thing happened to me playing soccer, I was running after someone on defense and my shoe got stuck in the turf. I may end up delaying the surgery until August. How long did you wait after the injury to have surgery? I can almost fully straighten my leg now, but I was supposed to visit family this summer so I may ask my doctor what she thinks about delaying it. My team plays fall and spring, so I am hoping that by March I will be able to play. How long after the surgery were you able to swim, Anna Marie? It has been helping my leg a lot too, and I hope to be able to continue after surgery to keep my leg strong. I have my first PT appointment Tuesday, so I am hoping to get some more exercises to do. Also, how long did you guys have to wear that giant leg brace for? I am getting very scared for the surgery, I have never had to go through it before and I am worried about being put under anesthesia. Did you have any bad reactions to it? What kind of stiches did you guys have? Thank you both again for your help, it makes me feel a lot better to know that other people have gone through it and managed to recover and keep such a positive attitude. I will be praying for your continued recovery and health as well! You are both such an inspiration=]

Jul 08, 2011
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hey guys
by: Anna Marie

swimming makes my knee feel so good!
my cadaver graft has worked great so far but I think all the grafts have successful results so you'll be good with whatever you use!
i had a nerve block and the general anesthesia. the day following surgery I had no pain, but the day after that and the nexxt 3-4 days after that were painful. My mom is weird and like doesn't believe in pain medicine so she didn't give me as much as she could've. You won't have to much pain if you take the meds at the right time! After that first week I didn't have any pain at all.
I don't have to wear brace anymore. I think I'm going to have to get a different one when I can start running.

Jul 07, 2011
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To Maddy
by: Jael

Hey Maddy,
First of all, I am so sorry! This injury really stinks!! Ironically when I got hurt I kept playing in the game too, and your right, A BIG mistake. I was chasing after a girl and my knee just collapsed!:(
It was really hard to hear that I tore my ACL as I am sure it was for you, but I found that dwelling on the fact made it worse, so keep your head UP!!!
Its great that you are doing pre surgical therapy on your own!!! It helped me so much! Keep it up!! I could also not bend my knee very far either, and I could not fully straighten it either. Try really hard to be able to have it straighten before surgery!!!
Thanks! I know that you will be inspiring to others too, and I am glad that we have been encouraging!! Don’t worry! I thought it would seen really long but I was so absorbed in my PT that it seemed so quick!
I am pretty much back to normal now! I really don’t have to think about my knee any more!!
Actually I have heard really good things about the hamstring graft! I am sure it will work great for you! I had the Patellar tendon graft. It, so far, has worked really well! The thing with this graft is that it is not comfortable to kneel down yet, but besides that is worked great!
Actually my surgery was not that painful, I know it differs for different people but my knee only ached from time to time right after surgery! All the people I had praying defiantly had something to do with that though. I would suggest that you keep up on your pain meds after surgery at first! Take them when it says too even if your knee dose not hurt, then the pain will stay under control. I think they used General anesthesia for mine, I did not want to be awake at all!

Looking back on my whole experience, it was not as bad as I thought!!! I know you can make it through! I found that it was the most tough mentally! So don’t think about it too much!!!
Please keep me up to date!!!!!!! Write your own story too!

I am praying for a quick, painless, and speedy recovery!!!

Jul 07, 2011
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Maddy's ACL tear
by: Maddy

Hi Jael and Anna Marie,
I am 17 and I tore my acl june 18 playing in my soccer final. I also have a damaged meniscus. I also felt find right afterwards I went back into the game (which was a huge mistake). The first days my knee would hurt so much if I bent it, but know it just won't bend more than 90 degrees. I am going to my doctor on Monday and I will probably have surgery the last week of July. I have been doing PT on my own and swimming. I have been trying to limit walking. Both of you sound like very inspirational people, and it is encouraging me to work hard to recover. I am an extremely physically active person and I can't imagine not exercising and playing sports for so long. How are you guys recovering? I am going to have a hamstring graft even though it takes longer to heal. How did the other grafts work for you guys? Was it very painful during surgery? Also, what kind of anesthetic did you use? Thanks for your help and I wish you bothe the best in your recovery.

Jul 07, 2011
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by: Jael

Yes, but I found that it dose not last very long at all! My first game was the worst played game of my life!! I did so bad!:) After my first game and maby my second I was not really scared anymore and I did not even think about it! I was just soo happy to be playing again!!
I know it will definitely be worth it to you!!!
Yeah well I am not trying to get hurt:) They said it was just a fluke though, I just fell on it kinda funny!
One thing I would suggest is that you KEEP WORKING OUT even after you are all done with therapy!!! Even 9 months after surgery my reconstructed leg is still noticeably smaller than my other one!!:)
Do you have a brace??

Jul 07, 2011
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by: Anna Marie

awh good to know your almost at your best! Yeah, I feel like I'm gonna be so scared when I come back but its worth it i <3 soccer. stop getting injured jeez!

Jul 06, 2011
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by: Jael

Cool!:)
Well I don't think I am quite yet. I have only played this spring season, but I have defiantly gotten a lot of my confidence back! At first I played horrible, but I think that was because I was nervous about hurting it again! Towards the end of the season I had gotten a lot better. I do think I am almost there! Although right now its harder to tell because I recently sprained my other knee, so I can't play as well.
My Fall season starts Aug 15 so that is when I will really know!!:)

Jul 06, 2011
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by: Anna Marie

i'm 2 months out so i still have a long way to go but i will!! do you feel like you're just as good as good as you were before?

Jul 06, 2011
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by: Jael

Ok! I used a patellar tendon graft.
Yes! I was so excited! But I am glad I did not end up playing till 6 months because I don't think I was mentally ready!

I would really Like to know how it goes, so please keep posting!!! :)

Jul 05, 2011
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by: Anna Marie

I used a cadaver graft. Thats so great you were cleared at 4 months!

Jul 05, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Keep it up!

Jul 05, 2011
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Me too!
by: Jael

WOW, Our stories are so similar!!!!
I am 15 too, and tore my ACL in the first varsity tournament of last year. Mine did not hurt either when I tore it. I started therapy right away as well and had surgery a month later!!
What kind of graft did they use?
It makes such a difference when you are really strong!! So keep it up!!
I got cleared to play soccer at 4 months but did not end up playing till 6 months (because there was no season going on!)

I am glad its going well! Keep it up!

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