Sarah's ACL Story

by Sarah

I am a 15 year old girl who has played soccer as long as i can remember. I had surgery a year and 3 months ago on my ACL and meniscus, 2 weeks before my 8th grade graduation (yes i graduated on crutches with a giant knee brace ruining my dress).


Honesty I am not so sure how or when I tore it. I was in a soccer game and sometime in the first half I went down and hurt my knee, but no pop. I got up and ran it off but it was a little bothersome. It wasnt untill late in the second half when i went in for a tackle and I heard the pop. I dont know if i cut or landed wrong or anything, I just remember falling and crying. I scooted off the field because it happened right in front of my bench. When the game was over I stood up and walked to the car with no pain, and I thought "oh great I just went out crying and missed the end of a game for nothing."

The next morning it was swollen and hurt to bend or straighten all the way but nothing too awful, so I continued to practice, only sitting out if absolutly necessary. 2 weeks after the injury occured I was at training and my coach said that if it still bothered my in 2 days I have to go see a doctor. 4 days later (2 days before a big tournament) I went to training. He saw that it was still swollen and asked if I had seen a doctor. I said no because it didnt hurt. Well my coach went off on me.. he said I would be benched untill I saw one and got a written note releasing me play.

I saw a doctor the next because I wanted to play that weekend but he said i tore my ACL and i wouldnt be playing for a while. I was shocked because I seriously thought that it was nothing. Then I saw a physical therapist and another doctor to decide what graft to use. We decided a hamstring graft was best for me. Exactly 27 days after I tore it, I went into surgery to get a hamstring graft and to repair my mensicus.

I went to physical therapy the day after and was on crutches for 4 weeks. wore a straight leg knee brace for 3 weeks, a bendable one for 6 weeks, and a donjoy knee brace during physical activity for one year. I got to 90 degrees two weeks after surgery but they told me I wasnt allowed to go any further untill 4 weeks becase of my mensicus but I alwasy cheated it back a bit when they werent looking. They told me that I had the most swelling after surgery that they had ever seen, but I was also the easiest recovery because of my super high pain tolerence (?).

I rehabed hard for 6 months, just like they said. When I was released I came back hard! I played in a game 3 days after I got the okay. I only had a few weeks before my first ever high school soccer tryouts. I worked hard so I would be back in shape in time, but it wasnt enough. I only made my school's sucky freshman team. But I didnt let that get me too down. I just continued to work my butt off so I could be ready for state cup with my competitive team. By the time that came around (1 year post op) I thought I was ready. But apparently my coach didnt think so, I didnt see the field once that entire tournament. That truly crushed me.

I figured if I wasnt back all the way in a year then I never would be. It is now 2 months since then and I feel the same, beaten and ashamed. Working hard seems to have gotten me nowhere and unnoticed.

Thank you for reading my long and somewhat depressing story. I wish it had a better, happier ending then it does. But when my good ending finally does come, I will come back and share it and hopefully inspire someone who is going through a rough time recovering or coping with their injruy.

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Mar 05, 2015
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good one NEW
by: Kramer

This is a story of survival, it is such un-belivable story of strength from within, and the courage that a girl showed in regains what we all would have thought to be lost. Immense respect for her and the courage she showed. google chrome support

May 25, 2014
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acl torn NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i am a girl and torn my acl two year ago in spical onlypics in track and fild and i still wait for surgy i was doing run long for the frist time i never did run long jump i was only to be doing stand jump bt my coach ask me if i want to try runing long jump so i sayed yes i was only 21 years old than well it was my turn so i stat to run than when i got to the sand and i was jumping and i was in the air and than i land but i know i did something to my leg becaues i heard it pop and i tryed to get up and i cant i start to scarem and cey and my coach come running to me and i sayed it brokeing and he was like no it was not my mom was with my dog and she cant come in becaues dog wear not allowed on track so i got few of my friends to hlep me to walk to my mom and my dog and my mom ask me if i want to to go home and i sayed no so i stayed and watch my friends do track and fild in but i was in pain when i sat down my foot went num and was hurting i know i did something bad to my knee but my mom sayed it was nothing than after i few days the pain went away and i was doing sports againg and i was going to prov in 2 weeks so i was getting ready for that so i dont want to go get it check to in case they sayed i cant go so i went on the bring swimming troument and they was this cute guy the meet us off the bus and he scared me and i was talk to him and i dont watch what i was doing and my leg was not the same so i missed the step on the bus but the guy was there and that well han last year i was in net i am goaile for floor hockey and i was fine in the troument but are last partics we played aging are caoch and i was in net for the them i went and stop the puck and than i passed to the coach i was not fast to get up and the coach go on the other side i tryed but i pulled my leg on to fast hurt agiung than that was it we went to the droctor and she sayed go for mri than when i got the bad news of my acl being torn but i am back at sports but was acl brace in till i can get my acl surgy

May 25, 2014
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acl torn NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i am a girl and torn my acl two year ago in spical onlypics in track and fild and i still wait for surgy i was doing run long for the frist time i never did run long jump i was only to be doing stand jump bt my coach ask me if i want to try runing long jump so i sayed yes i was only 21 years old than well it was my turn so i stat to run than when i got to the sand and i was jumping and i was in the air and than i land but i know i did something to my leg becaues i heard it pop and i tryed to get up and i cant i start to scarem and cey and my coach come running to me and i sayed it brokeing and he was like no it was not my mom was with my dog and she cant come in becaues dog wear not allowed on track so i got few of my friends to hlep me to walk to my mom and my dog and my mom ask me if i want to to go home and i sayed no so i stayed and watch my friends do track and fild in but i was in pain when i sat down my foot went num and was hurting i know i did something bad to my knee but my mom sayed it was nothing than after i few days the pain went away and i was doing sports againg and i was going to prov in 2 weeks so i was getting ready for that so i dont want to go get it check to in case they sayed i cant go so i went on the bring swimming troument and they was this cute guy the meet us off the bus and he scared me and i was talk to him and i dont watch what i was doing and my leg was not the same so i missed the step on the bus but the guy was there and that well han last year i was in net i am goaile for floor hockey and i was fine in the troument but are last partics we played aging are caoch and i was in net for the them i went and stop the puck and than i passed to the coach i was not fast to get up and the coach go on the other side i tryed but i pulled my leg on to fast hurt agiung than that was it we went to the droctor and she sayed go for mri than when i got the bad news of my acl being torn but i am back at sports but was acl brace in till i can get my acl surgy

Aug 24, 2012
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UPDATE NEW
by: Anonymous

hi all... Sarah again. Thought i would update anyone still reading on my situation. I tore my meniscus again a year and a half after ACL but didnt realize it until 3 weeks before high school tryouts... so i had surgery as quickly as i could and it was torn too badly to repair so they cut about 40% out. One week after i was released to play again i had huge swelling in my knee... even more swelling then after ACL surgery. the docs said i had torn tissue away from the portal hole of the second surgery and i should stop high impact sports such as soccer. It killed me but i took their advice and I took up swimming because there was no impact on my knee. Now, 4 months later, i went back to my doctor because i was in a ton of pain and some weird unstability in my knee... turns out my ACL has stretched which probably caused the meniscus tear and all my other problems... now i get to go get my ACL reconstructed again but this time using a cadaver ligament instead of my hamstring. Now they are for sure that i should never return to high impact sports. Wish me luck and pray that this will finally be my last surgery. If it isnt then expect to see me as a one legged athlete in the 2016 para-olympics.

Jan 12, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I just went through acl surgery for a soccer injury. Before I got injured I was the fastest girl on my college team if not in my whole league, I was in 3rd place with most scored goals and was having an amazing season. When my coach heard that it was my acl I think she cried more then I did and believe me I cried a lot.ever just 7 weeks post op my coach says my starting position as well as being captain of the team were still mine. To be honest you need a new coach, tearing my acl was my biggest fear for soccer but 1. I'm not the only one on my team going through this, we had 3 acl tears all within 3 weeks of eachother and all 3 the captind of the team and we remained captins for the whole season although we did not play 2. I love playing so much I will never let anything get me down, I never even played varsity, jv all 4 yeqrs, and i came back to my hs coach right before I got hurt and was one of the top players in my league just to show that she made a mistake. But you need a coach like mine who won't leave me just because I got hurt, she knows I will do everything I can to become the best in my league again and possible go evn further then just college, and sadly I did have scouts watching me the day I got hurt, but I will work hard so they can see me next year:)

Oct 01, 2011
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2 ACL surgeries - playing college soccer
by: ncg

My daughter tore her ACL junior year of HS spring soccer...Missed the season but was back to play club after 4 months. Kept having pain so had the screw removed. Felt better, then Senior year tore other knee (and partial meniscus) right before senior spring break. Girl in opposing team tore her ACL as well in another collision. Went to Mexico with crutches and in a wheel chair. She had a great time and quickly ditched the wheel chair and eventually crutches. Had the surgery when we returned. Prom in flats and limping. rehab all summer and went to play in college. Keeping our fingers crossed!! It's way too common injury in women and soccer and I wish there was more emphasis on prevention. Good luck to all!

Sep 26, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I live in Missouri, but the only reason i got in so fast was because my surgeon had a cancelled surgery one morning at 5 am so he just squeezed me in.

Sep 26, 2011
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by: Anonymous

hi sarah, iam going through the same thing now and i have to wait in two weeks to see this new surgeon but they are talking surgery in feb... but my leg is bent and wont go straight and cant bend.. a little swelling but it only took you 27 days to have surgery i was wondering where do u live that you got it so fast :o

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