Mo's ACL recovery

by Mo
(Miami, Florida)

On my way to the tryouts lol

On my way to the tryouts lol

I had professional football (soccer) tryouts in the US last February and unfortunately during my second day a defender blew out my right knee (out of spite) and within minutes it swelled up to the size of a melon and I knew right then that I was out for a good long while....


I had an MRI done on my knee when I got back and the doctor told me that if I even want to think of playing a scrimmage game with even friends I have to have an ACL reconstruction. This was really scary to me because I have always heard of professional footballers that do this surgery and NEVER come back to their optimal performance and are ridiculed for it (best example would be Ronaldo of Brazil). But at the same time my passion for the game made it a no brainer for me because I knew I would still play eventually if I didnt do the surgery. The other reason was because I was in negotiations with another team considering me after a successful recovery from my injury, which brings me to the main reason I am writing here on this blog.....

I have 3 months left to officially complete my therapy course, or at least take the final test to see if I'm fit to go back to full contact football without any worries. I have two main concerns, the first and foremost for me is that of Kinesiophobia, the fear of reinjury... I am now 6 months post-op and even though my therapist says I should start running lightly and gradually build up my momentum, as I do increase I automatically find my mind as if to turn off and tell me NO! DONT PUSH IT THAT HARD...even tho my body feels like it can and should do it. I really dont know how to get over this and I'm so afraid that it will take its toll on me even after I'm done with the course. Anything related to this would be greatly appreciated...

My second issue is that EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE I've read about ACL post-op experiences and expectations, I find that I am somewhat behind in relation to where my physical fitness level in the knee and leg area should be. My main concern is that even though I can pretty much bend it all the way,even if i sit down on my shins with both knees bent, I always feel this tension starting from about half way up my thigh and going down to just past my knee cap and it doesnt seem to be getting better even with stretching. Could this possibly mean that I have built up scar tissue and its just getting in the way? And if that is the case, is there any way I can get around this. I have tryouts coming up again with an even bigger team in about 4 months from now, & I feel am faaaaar from my game, so any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you, godspeed and best of luck to all of you out there with recovering injuries!

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Oct 14, 2015
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Mike Mo recently faced a devastating injury, tearing his ACL, PCL, and LCL. This is a serious injury, and before talking to Mo.

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Injury is devastating NEW
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I have been through sports injury and that really ended my professional career.
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Apr 26, 2015
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Personal Coach is the solution NEW
by: Nash Lee

Your situation definitely needed attention. I think taking a personal coach for two three sessions will do the trick for you, because this is what helped me get through the same situation as you went through. The therapy thing was amazing as it involved little leg lifting workouts and I was able to shake my leg with a surgery.

Write to me hoping we can get this sorted out.

Aug 11, 2012
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I would be *very* careful about jogging just 2 months post surgery.

Mar 30, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hey Mo

How have you been? Don't know how far you are currently. As for myself, I started jogging about at 2 months Post Op....

Regarding your issue, I can only advice to take a personal coach for two three sessions, this is what helped me personally the most. This guy just kindly asked to lift my leg (the one with the surgery) as much as the other one, I did and suddenly realised I CAN.....than what helped me too was to go climbing.....with good friends. The first time I went up again after my surgery, I was scared was constantly holding on to the wall. Than through constant encouragement of my friends, I tried it and let myself fall and realised my legs can hold me. Than I got my courage back and above all my trust in my body. The next day I was also more confident in my Martial Arts....this is what helped me to find my way back into competitive Martial Arts.

Hope all is going well on your side, my best wishes to you

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