Sally

Hi, so I came across this site when my dad forwarded it to me. I've been feeling really down lately and when I read that talking about what has happened might make me feel better, I decided to give it a shot. This might not be totally comprehensive, so bare with me.


I tore my first ACL on January 12, 2010 half way through my junior year. It was during a high school soccer game against our cross-town rivals. I had suffered a cold the whole week before and I was feeling a little bit better, and being the short-sighted person I am, I saw that there was no other choice, I had to play. What would it look like if one of the two captain's on the team decided not to play in one of the most important games of the season? This was what was going through my mind. At the time, it was simple. I was sick, but I wasn't dying. So I played. About half way through the game at the beginning of the second half, I was sprinting to close down the defender and I stopped suddenly. My knee was bent and there was no cutting or anything. I felt an instant pain that spread through out my knee, and a minute later, it was gone. Just like that. Now that I think back on it, I felt a pop, which to anybody who plays a competitive sport knows that hearing or feeling a pop is heart-breaking. I was able to hobble of the field where the trainer came over and started examining me. He asked me to do some things and did the Lachman's test and said that I didn't tear my ACL. I was relieved. He asked me if I could jog and I could, with minimal pain. It just felt really weird, different. At the time, I had no idea what that meant or how to describe it, but now that I know more I know that what I felt was that instability/sliding feeling which basically screams "torn ACL!". However, at the time, I didn't know that so I went to see 4 different doctors (3 specialists, 1 pediatric). I got misdiagnosed 3 times which led to an even harder heart break when my MRI results came in and it was proven that I had torn my left ACL. The thing about my injury was that it had minimal swelling, I was able to walk right after, even jog a little (with that weird feeling that I now know was the feeling of my being unstable). Throughout the whole thing, I was simply devastated and depressed. Soccer had been and IS my life. I had been playing for around 11 years and had become captain junior year and wanted more than anything to at least play collegiate soccer at the D1 level. And for anyone who knows, D1's recruit early junior year and even late sophomore year. Honestly, I thought my life was over. But then I rehabbed hard, spent most of my time in the gym and I came back. I started practicing full time 6 months out and played my first game at around 9.5 months. I felt that I had started slow and didn't even think that I could tear it again. I didn't wear a brace or a sleeve. I was just getting back into my groove when during my 4th game after surgery, I was sprinting and my right leg didn't stabilize and I went down. The trainer said that I had torn my MCL, but at that time, I didn't trust any trainers or doctors except my personal orthopedic surgeon who had done my surgery. We went to him immediately 3 days later and he said that there wasn't a doubt that I had torn my right ACL, had a grade 2 strained MCL, and a grade 1 strained LCL. So that's basically where I am now. I just feel like everything in my life is going down hill. The one thing that I truly loved and was passionate about has basically gone out the window. I failed just when I started getting looks from D3 colleges and started feeling happy again. My surgery is scheduled for the 21st of January and I plan on having an allograft done. I had an autograft patellar tendon last time to minimize rehabilitation time. However, I want to take things slow this time and make sure that nothing goes wrong. But it's really hard to keep my head up at this time when I feel that everything I learned from my last surgery and injury just went out the door. Why did this have to happen to me? Maybe God's punishing me? I don't really know.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story.

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Nov 11, 2015
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Education NEW
by: Anonymous

Teachers should observe the performance of the students in class. They should give their writing dissertation service precious feedback to them how they can improve the quality of work in class. They should give useful suggestions to them.

Feb 20, 2011
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Head up
by: Nina

So sorry to hear of your injuries. How are you now? I was starting my third year of high school when I tore my acl. I play soccer all year around, and soccer is my life. A lot of universities in the states were looking at me, when I found out I tore my acl I cried. But after talking with my parents, it’s not the end of the world. Keep your head up and just do your rehab. After rehabbing my knee recoved very well.I went and played soccer again. I got offered a full ride to a school in the state, so all I got to say is don’t give up hope and just do your rehab, I am sure you will get into a good college and have a great future.

Good luck.

Nina

Feb 07, 2011
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Make your action
by: Anonymous

Hi Sally,

It's nice to read your blog. Actually, I have heard a similar story from one of my friends about a girl who he knows having ACL torn twice in high school junior and senior year. I used to play B ball in college and fully understand your frustration. However, you may also know that injuries are very common in sports and as an athlete, you have to learn how to deal with them. You may have a hard journey in the future but you will be able to get over these difficulties if you work hard and improve yourself consistently. At this moment, please pay great attention on your rehab. I'm very sure you will return to the field very soon.

Good luck!


Feb 06, 2011
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this is a test!
by: Lilly

Hi Sally,

One of my best friends forwarded this link to me. I feel terribly sorry for you. The reason why my friend sent your link to me is because she knew I was a very competitive soccer player in high school and had an ACL injury in my junior year. Due to the injury, I did not get a scholarship as many my teammates. I got into a UC school on my own. I played college soccer for three years and graduate with a honor degree. I'm a medical student now. Sometime, I asked myself if my ACL injury changed my life. Actually, I don't know. But one thing I'm sure was that the injury made me much mature and tough. I also looked at things differently and became much more serious and smart on everything than before. Since you had two injuries, you should be much more tough, strong, and smart now. Don't worry too much, you are tested now. Do your best and don't fail the tests!! I assume you have started your rehab, and please concentrate on it and work hard!

Best,

Lilly

Feb 05, 2011
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be Strong
by: Aly

Hi Sally,

I'm very sorry for your ACL injuries. I've played soccer for past twenty years. I fully understand how painful and frustrated for a girl like you to have two ACL injuries within 12 months! However, ACL injuries are very common in youth female soccer players. The Stanford girl whose first name is Rachel, her teammates call her "mom" had two ACL injuries within 14-16 months. However, she worked out her injuries and developed one of the best players in the nation. You can do the same thing as she did I believe. I have learned a great deal from my own injuries (not ACL). You need to educate yourself regarding the reasons why females have more ACL injuries than males, and work hard to improve and change your play in the future. Based on my own experience, the injury just made me much tougher, stronger, and deeper. Hope you have a great recovery.

Aly

Feb 05, 2011
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be strong
by: Jenny

Hi Sally,

As a student athlete, I fully understand your pain and frustration. However, you have no other choice but overcome these difficulties and setbacks if you are a "true" athlete. I truly believe that these challenges and difficulties will make you much more tough and strong on and off the field. This is the message! Please always keeping your chin up! It's glad to see your recovery and be concentrating on your rehab. Spend more time in gym!

Best,

Jenny


Feb 04, 2011
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Thank you all
by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments. I asked my doctor about the feeling at the back of the knee and it turned out it was because I ruptured my lateral meniscus. The way they repaired it caused that pain/soreness. But after a couple of days it went away, and I barely feel it now. Recovery is going well, I am exactly two weeks out, I got off crutches at 10 days. Thanks again for all your support. Your comments are helping me keep my spirits high.

Feb 04, 2011
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Come on, Sally!
by: Miki

I'm sorry to hear that.But everything will be change.You will bo better than now.I'm believing that!Come on,Sally!

Jan 31, 2011
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I forgot!
by: Jael

Sorry I forgot to add that I asked WHY too! I did not understand what God was doing. But he is not punishing you! He might eventually show you "WHY" and you will understand, but even if he dose not just know that He knows the reason even though you might not see it and it is for the best.

Jan 31, 2011
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Stick with it!
by: Jael

Oh I am soo sorry! I know how hard it is to miss soccer!
I tore my ACL playing soccer in September, and had surgery in October. I only have one more PT season and then I am done.
Just stick with rehab and keep working afterward!

I experienced that exact pain this the back of my knee too! Now I know I am not the only one! My therapist had never seen that before. we took it easy for a while and when I saw my Dr. he told me it was just scar tissue. My PT still thought it had something to do with my hamstring though. But we just pushed through the discomfort, and I still have some pain there but not like in the beginning!

Did you ask your DR. and PT about that pain?

Well Keep up the hard work and you will get there!

Jan 27, 2011
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ACL facts
by: Aly

Hi Sally,

I came across your story, and would like to share the following numbers with you.

1. An estimated 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States each year.

2. Females are four to eight times more likely than males to have a "non-contact" ACL injury.

3. The peak ages for injuries in females are 14 and 15, and then again at 19 and 20. Female hormones may play a role.

According to the above facts, the ACL injuries are very common in young female athletes. I had one about 10 yrs ago when I played soccer in college. There are tons of articles regarding ACL injuries. You should read them and educate yourself. If you have a PT, you may ask for suggestions regarding how to prevent this type of injury in the future.

Good luck.

Aly

Jan 27, 2011
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I had two ACL injuries too
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had two ACL injuries in my high school years. These injuries did affect me to get a soccer scholarship in D1s. I ended up a D3 school... I did not play soccer until my junior year in college. I'm a law student now and will graduate next year. So don't be discouraged, Sally! Move forward, please concentrate on your school and rehab now. Good luck!

Jan 27, 2011
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work hard on your rehab
by: Debra

I tore my ACL about 8 years ago. I agree with you that you can not trust the high school coaches and trainers with your injuries. They have no ability to make a right diagnosis most times. Fortunately, you seem to have a capable surgeon and hope your surgeries goingwell. I assume you have started your PT already, and work hard on it. Good luck, Debra.

Jan 27, 2011
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stay positive
by: Anonymous

Hi Sally,
I'm so sorry to read about your injury. I know that you must be going through a really difficult time right now. I tore my ACL in college. While it may seem like the world is against you right now, you have to remember that things will get better...they usually do with time. Try to take the time and focus on other things that you didn't have the chance to before. And the door to soccer is definitely still open! Learn how to make your knees stronger than before. There are exercises and strength training available. If you love soccer, keep pursuing it! Work hard at rehab and stay positive.

Jan 27, 2011
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Don't give up
by: Jenny

Hi Sally,

Thanks for sharing your story. I had my right ACL torn last summer in a Region 3 tournament. Unfortunately, I had to go two procedures to repair my ACL for some reasons. It's so frustrating. I'm still having great pain with my knee when I'm doing PT. I hope your rehab going well. Don't give up and work hard on your rehab, Sally!

Jenny

Jan 25, 2011
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Foam Roller
by: Anonymous

Sally,
Get a foam roller! We used to use them all the time during cross country season / marathon training. You put it on the floor and roll the sore muscle over it. It can be painful, so if it is, use your hands to take weight off the roller, and ease onto it. Roll a few times a day, and the muscles should ease up!! Its the only thing that helped me get loose after my first surgery!

Jan 24, 2011
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Definitely not along
by: Anonymous

Hi sally!
I just tore my ACL about a week ago now in a college showcase tournament. I am getting surgery on the 27th. I want to also play college soccer more than anything aswell.. at the D1 level. I am a junior too( you might be in college now though lol) and im devastated. God isnt punishing you hes teaching you.. as annoying and awful that sounds. I know how it feels. Why cant we just go on in life without these stupid lessons? haha just dont get down on yourself and keep pushing, because there are tons of girls out there going through the same thing. You will play college soccer, there is a coach out there that wants a girl like you with the drive and determination that came through 2 + ACL tears.
Go for it!
(:

Jan 24, 2011
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good luck
by: Sara

It's sad to hear that you had two ACL injuries within a year, but it's not rare. Injuries happen quite often in sports and I had two different injuries with my knee too several years ago. You are quite young and have great future. Make sure that you have great rehab! This is the key for your future success. When you use an allograft this time, be sure to work out muscle in Gym before returning to the field. Good luck, Sara.

Jan 24, 2011
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Suggestions?
by: Sally

Just had surgery two days ago. Feeling ok with the allograft patellar tendon graft. However the back of my knee/lower hamstring/upper calf is really tight/sore. Does anyone have any explanations or exercises to lessen it? Thanks so much

Jan 23, 2011
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you are not alone
by: Anonymous

Hi Sally, Sorry for your recent injury. There are many female soccer players who had more than twice knee injuries. It's very fortunate but is reality. Please keep your chin up and work hard on your rehab. You still have great future. Best luck with your surgery!

A soccer lover

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