Dominique's ACL reconstruction

by Dominique
(Logan, Utah)

Although my story is long, please read it.

I am 13 years old and am in 8th grade and live in Logan, Utah. When I originally tore my ACL was on February 13, 2008. I play soccer for a local competitive team.
For my team, we have a choice of doing indoor soccer during the winter to stay fit and active in sports. I decided to try the indoor soccer and would see if i liked it. Turns out, i enjoyed every minute of it.
On one of my last games of the indoor soccer tournament was when i tore it. I would have to say that is the most painful thing i have ever felt. I had the ball and was against one of the walls during the game. Two girls from the other team came up from behind me and rammed into me, putting me in the middle of them which knocked the wind out of me. I tried to stay standing and tried running away, but a girl saw what i was trying to do and kicked the back of my knee, while the other kicked my back while i was falling. I don't believe anything happened after that point. I remember waking up screaming and crying my head off.

The ref stopped the game and ran over to me with My coach. The ref was running so close by me that he accidentally hit my leg, which he claims he saw was dislocated, and my knee went into place.

After that i went to a doctor who had an MRI done. My knee was sprained, had three huge bruises under my kneecap which was very close to breaking, my MCL completely torn (though i didnt need surgery, it healed on its own), and partially tore my ACL. He thought if i did P.T. for a couple of months with no soccer or sports it would heal.

In May i was told by my doctor i could start to slowly work my way back to where i was before while wearing a brace (i don't recall the name he called it) to somewhat protect my ACL and MCL. Next thing i knew i was playing in the Utah Summer games during the summer. Everything went well there, and took a Silver medal. I also was lucky to play in the Cache Valley Cup. Once again everything was well.

We have a Summer camp right before school and fall season starts to help us to become better fit. It was my first day there, doing a drill that involved a little cutting and twisting to my knee. I was given the ball, dug my cleat in the ground to do a trick of my choice, and next thing i know i hear the same noise i did when i first heard it, then came the same pain.

Now i knew that my soccer days were over for a couple of months. I figured i would need surgery now. I had the MRI done and i completely tore my ACL and partially tore some MCL.

Well here i am, waiting for the day of surgery. it will be the 24th of September. My brother has torn his ACL while riding his bike when he was 16, and claims the worst part is recovery. I am hoping the best for my surgery, that all goes well.

If you have any advice for me before my surgery please, do tell! thanks!

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Sep 22, 2008
all the best!
by: weix

Hey, I've read your story and I'd like to say, never give up when it feels so bad (especially in the first few weeks, depending on the skill of your surgeon), 'cause you'll have brighter days of soccer in 9 months time! Rehab will be hard and painful, but when you look back, you'd realize that it is all worth that every bit of hard-work. good luck!

Sep 20, 2008
keep you posted
by: Dominique

yeah. its now in 4 days! EEEK! and im the only one in the 8th grade that has torn the ACL. i feel so special! well once i get my surgery i will keep you guys updated!

Sep 19, 2008
Sounds like me!
by: miss heidi

I tore my acl back in february too! i was dirtbike riding with some guys and i guess the adrenaline went to my head, cause next thing i knew i was riding 40mph, and the bike was flipping over me...i didnt go to a orthopedic dr. instead i went to the norman family dr. and he said there wasn't anything too wrong..sooooo i just iced it alot and eventually i thought it was healed enough to "test" out. SO on the 4th of jusy this year i went wakeboarding and decided to be a show off again, and i landed and yep..i heard the same pop and had the same pain as the first time. So i decided it was time to see the right dr. Now here i am a fully torn ACL, bruised patella and torn lateral meniscus.. my surgery is the 26th! im soo nervousssss! good luck to you!

Sep 17, 2008
Hang in There
by: Suzanne

The best advice is to be patient. You really do need to heal and the best way to do that is to follow your doctor’s advice. Also, one overlooked piece of advice – don’t neglect your non-injured knee. The key is balanced strength and a good physical therapist will make sure you work up to that.

The first couple of weeks after surgery are the hardest. It is no fun and you feel like you will never be the same, but … you will. And, like the previous poster said – you may even come back stronger than before. For sure, you will be more aware of how important overall core strength is to your development.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Sep 16, 2008
thank for sharing
by: Anonymous

first of all have no fear you will heal!!:)
my best advice for you is do everything your docter and physical thearapist tell you. every single excersise is so important. There gets to be points where things seem SO remetitive and even somtimes like your not getting any better, but through those thoughs out and just work hard. every step of the way. I had surgery last september, I was 15 and it was my freshman year of high scool. I missed school soccer and club. but I'm playing now and doing great. I think back to my 9 months of recovery, and i know now it was definatly one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. physically, mentally, and emotionally it pushed me past all of my limits not only as an athlete, but as a person. But I learned alot about myself and proved the type of character I truly am.
Belive me, there is no better feeling in the world coming back after 9 months 5 times better,stronger and faster than you were before.

there were definatly times, especially in the winter, when I just felt down. somtimes i felt like I wouldnt play soccer again (even though I knew it wasin't true, I still felt that way sometimes.) it helped me so much to get on like to sites like these and ready peoples inspirational stories about coming back from surgery. Hearing from people who had been through the same thing just helped me stay on track. stay focused on the goal.

So as hard as last year was for me, I wouldn't take it back for the world. I learned pacience. Hard work. dedication. I've taken everything from the expierience and applied it to my game. When were running at practice and everyone stops, i remember all the time I couldn't run and it makes me run that much more. When practice is over, I stay and shoot. When we have "off time." I'em still practiceing because I still remember the day I could barly lift my leg. I'm so much better because of the expierience and I hope you'll be able to say the same!
thank you so much for sharing your story!
Can't wait till your out on the field again!!

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