April's ACL

So i play lacrosse and was the lacrosse captain for my high school and on the day of my birthday April 16, 2008, I tore my acl during a game.

It didn't feel that bad at all. I am a defender and I was lunging down to scoop up the ball and while I was getting up the opposing team ran into me. I fell down and I just thought that she ran me down (she was a little big and im on the petite side and so im used to being rammed down). While I was falling I heard a pop sound.

Well so I tried to get up because the referee called it and it was going to be my ball. I tried getting up and i just collapsed and got carried off the field. I just thought that i didnt do anything major to my knee because I felt no pain. I just couldnt bend it all the way or straighten it.

Went to the doctor the next day to hear that i tore my ACL and i broke down crying. My surgery was on May 8, 2008. I went in knowing what the surgeon was going to do to me,but I had no idea what i was going to feel. I should just say that the pain after surgery laying at home in my bed was excrutiating. I felt like i could feel the nails in my knee. I would just cry all day long.

During the summer, I started p.t and he said that i was doing extremely well as i regained full range of motion quickly; like within a week. So by the 4th month i was all fine, except that the doctor told me that i couldnt run. I stopped p.t after the 4th month.

Now im trying to get back in shape to start lacrosse again, but am a little hesitant as I dont know how much my knee can handle and am scared it will give out again. Hopefully this kinda helped at least one person knowing that it isnt THAT painful.

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Mar 30, 2009
by: Kate

Hi. I'm Kate and I just tore my left ACL on March 26th during a lacrosse game. I tore my right ACL during a soccer three years back. I was wondering how you are doing with lacrosse because lacrosse truly is my passion and I cant bear the thought of not going back. Like you I am my high school's captain and a defender. My surgery will probably take play on May 6th so nearly a year after yours. The similarity in our stories is comforting. Please let me know how you are doing!!!! and how lacrosse is. i miss is already.

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