Grace's ACL Story

Hey, I'd thought I'd share my story or what has happened so far.


I'm a high school senior this year and for the past few years I've tried out for my school's AAA soccer team. Finally after trying twice, I finally made it this year. I had been playing great all season when we went away for a tournament. My coach put me in the game and I was on the field for about five minutes before I was injured.

I stole the ball from a girl on the other team and had my back facing her. I went to turn to the left when I noticed she was sort of stepping on the back of my foot. When I fell, I heard a loud crack and I felt a moderate pain in my knee. I saw two doctors who both told me that my ligaments seemed to be alright and that it was probably just a very small tear in the cartilage.

I couldn't play for the rest of the tournament and the next week which was our regional playoffs. My knee was getting progressively better; I could run, bike, etc. But I still couldn't straighten or bend it all the way. I got myself a brace that I was wearing so that I could practice with my soccer team after regionals for provincials. Everything wasn't 100%, but I really wanted to play in our provincials for my last year of high school.

The ground was really muddy and uneven. I was running when all of a sudden my knee gave out and I heard another crack before I fell again. There was more swelling than the first time but I felt as if I was back to square one. It's been probably a month since my first fall and it was really killing me to sit on the sidelines as my team won provincials. I haven't been able to play hockey either.

I went to see an orthopedic surgeon last week who told me that he was positive that I had torn my ACL right from the beginning. He told me that I wouldn't be able to play competitive sports for at least a year. I was pretty upset when I heard this because sports are my life and I don't know what I'd do without them. He told me that it's likely my surgery will be in three months minimum but I've already been stressing out about it a little.

Reading these stories definitely helps to stay positive throughout the whole experience and it makes me want to work as hard as I can to get back on my feet. Hopefully it goes well and I'll be back playing sports again sooner than later!

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Jan 16, 2012
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by: Grace

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that ! I've been waiting for this "horrible pain" and it hasn't hit me at all which is a good thing :)
Good luck on your other surgery !!

Jan 14, 2012
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by: Jael

Hey,
I am glad you are y=doing godd!
AND FINALLY! someone who did not have a lot of pain! because my first surgery last year was really not painful at all! People always say that it is so horrible and mine did not feel like that!!:)

i am having ACS surgery on my other knee now, on WED!!!

Jan 14, 2012
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Back on track ! NEW
by: Grace

So I finally had my surgery yesterday. It went really well from what I can remember.
It's the day after and I have to say that I've had minimal pain to the point where I've only been taking advil every 5-6 hours. I also have this ice machine that pumps ice around a soft brace attached to my knee.
I'm really looking forward to moving forward and recovering from this as soon as possible!
To anyone reading this who hasn't had their surgery, don't be afraid, it's really a lot easier then you think.

Grace :)

Nov 25, 2011
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Keep your head up!
by: Jael

Hey,

I tore my Acl last Sep. playing soccer. I know how hard it is to miss the rest of soccer!
When I tore mine last year, It was in the begining of the season so I missed the rest of it! But you do learn a lot during the whole process. It takes lots of time, but you will make it! Even just watching from the sideline you still learn a lot!

I hope your surgery goes well!

Nov 25, 2011
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Thanks !
by: Grace

Hey thanks alot for the comments guys! Turns out I'll know officially when I'll have the surgery on Dec.8, so we'll see. I love reading your stories too and it's good to know things get better !

Nov 22, 2011
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it gets better!
by: Bethenney Thurman

Hey! My story just got posted too and basically the same thing happened to me. I didn't get to go to state with my soccer team and I also have to wait a few months for surgery. The dr. told me that it would start to feel better in these months i'm waiting. It took a month and a half, but it does finally feel better! So if yours still hurts maybe it won't be so miserable the whole time! You can make it! Keep everyone updated on when you get surgery! Thanks for sharing! :)

Nov 22, 2011
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Stay Positive
by: Bart - Sports Injury Info

having to wait so long for the surgery can really be depressing - that much longer that you can't do what you want to be doing, like hockey and soccer and sports. But, it gives you time to get as strong as possible before the surgery. Try to stay positive, and stay involved with your teams if you can. Support your teammates, even though you can't be out there with them. It's a great way to stay involved, and, they can help support you through your injury and your recovery.

Let us know how the surgery goes, and good luck!

Bart

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