Question - Tennis (ACL out for season?)

I'm a 17 year old senior in a small town with a lot of expectations. I tore my acl, and meniscus in 2 places falling from a cheerleading stunt (October 30). I went to the surgeon right away on October 31 and was told i probably subluxed my kneecap and was sent to physical therapy starting that afternoon.


With no improvement I received an mri and I underwent a first surgery (November 20 2008) to fix my meniscus (at this time the surgeon didn't know about the second tear or the acl tear) then while he was operating he realized the acl (still not the meniscus) but didn't feel comfortable fixing it...he just removed the first tear.--

then i went to a specialist who looked closer at the mri and xrays and I went into my second surgery (December 17)--I had still been going through physical therapy this entire time. During the second surgery using a hamstring graft and screws the surgeon repaired my acl and then stitched my 2nd tear in my meniscus.

More important than cheerleading i'm a high level tennis player not only in my community but state, and in the midwest-- I've accepted a scholarship to play in college next year. My surgeon has told me I'm out this season (April-early June) and not able to pick up a racket until June...--it's my senior season and we won state last year as a team but 4 of my teammates graduated so I'd be playing number one this season and expected to do well individually at state --is he right in giving me no hope to play this year?

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Jan 08, 2009
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by: Bart - SII

If you were my patient, I would say the same thing. 6 month minimum before returning to sports. That puts you at June. Most high level athletes (high school, college, pros) take at least a month or two to "get the feel back" after their release anyway, so even if you were able to play in May, it would likely be June or July before you felt great.

You have a bright future ahead of you - one that has been slowed by an ACL tear. However, that bright future could be destroyed if you have another tear because you went back too soon, or you tried to do too much too fast. Read through some of the stories on this site about those unlucky ones who re-tore their ACLs even after doing everything right. 6 months and your senior season is definitely a sacrafice, and it is so frustrating - but think about your future and what it holds after you go through the rehab process.

Bart

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Apr 23, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Bart,
It's now 6 years later and I did end up being cleared to go back early (end of March) for doubles only --I made it through senior season and half of my college freshman season great but ended up having 4 surgeries total (the 2 in high school and 2 more in college) to repair damages to the meniscus stitching that popped in college as well as my ACL graft that stretched out. I ended up finishing my college tennis career out but not at the level I would have without the injuries...If I could do it over I would but I'm also in graduate school for physical therapy now so everything happens for a reason I suppose too (:

Thanks for your post!

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