THE NUMBER 3: ONE 16 YEAR OLD GIRLS 3rd ACL TEAR & MENISCUS

by Mika
(USA)

Meniscus repair scar

Meniscus repair scar

My name is Mika I am 16 years old and I LOVE to play soccer. We all have that one thing that makes us happiest in life and mine is soccer. When I'm out there on the field I feel like I am where I belong. Playing soccer is what I do best. The first time I tore my ACL was when I was 12 years old (young I know). It was an indoor game and I jumped up to get a ball and landed with my leg straight ouch. It hurt but it wasn't like the worst pain you could ever feel. I limped off of the field and sat on the bench the rest of the game. I had ODP olympic developmental program the next day and I felt okay so we got a huge knee brace that I wore during the training. But, I piveted quickly and my knee gave out. The trainer looked at my knee and said it was fine and I could play in a week...sure. So I waited a week and went to practice I just basically limped around the field until my coach yelled at me. We finally went to the doctors after that, I had to have a pediatric surgery which involved a graft. A couple months later I was 14 and playing soccer for the Midwest Regional League in Illinois. I was about to be on a break away after getting by the last defender (she didn't like that very much). So, I was running and she stuck her leg in between mine and kicked me. My left leg stayed planted and it twisted CRACK! owch. Great I thought wonderful JUST WHAT I FREAKIN NEED! Of course the trainer said I was okay again. But, I knew I wasn't so I got some crutches and stayed off of it.Sure enougth it was torn. I got surgery but my growth plates still weren't closed so I had a cadaver which actually an ichelles tendon was used (I have no idea how to spell that). The first 2 tears were both on my left knee, but my third was on my right.


#3: It was the beginning of summer, the same day Michael Jackson died, June 25th. I happened to be at the University of Virginia for a soccer camp. I was interested in this school and was very excited. It was the second night of camp at the evening scrimages. I was put in the 2nd best group and really wanted to be placed in the first. I was ready to prove myself to everyone. I went out there and was playing great, I was making great crosses and hit the post. And I had just made a great tackle on defense, when the ball went out. It was there throw they threw it in near me and I jumped up in the air. Another girl jumped up with me and the ball kind of got caught on my left thigh while my right leg was still planted. I twisted funny and heard crack..crack..crack. I screamed in pain and anger NO NO NO NO NO!!!! NOT AGAIN NOT AGAIN!! I was going crazy like a lunatic. All these girls didn't know my previous history and probably thought that I was some kind of lunatic. The trainer calmed me down and told me my ACL felt fine yea RIGHT! Yea don't ever TRUST a trainer. I was depressed because I didn't believe him. I cried alot. I feel like crying typing this. I still remember all of this so clearly. I came back from camp and went to the doctors. Yup it's torn. But atleast now I can have the adult operation which involved the patelar tendon.I also tore both of my meniscus'. And for all of you athletes out there DO NOT USE A HAMSTRING GRAFT this compromises your speed and stability. So, here I am now 6 weeks out of surgery. I can do a rotation on the bike kind of, bend to 90 degrees and walk without my crutches (secretly ;) I really want to share my story so that people will actually do things to prevent ACL tears from happening, if you have a daughter or anyone you know who is a female athlete please please please warn them. I would say the end but it's not the end. Another thing to remember ACL tears are not the end of the world. There the start of a new journey, they add something interesting to your personal story. If you are going through this now like me! I recomend visiting www.yeskneecan.com and remember KEEP YOUR HEAD UP :D

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Dec 03, 2015
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JUNIOR ACL TEAR AND NOW WHAT?? NEW
by: Anonymous

I AM 16 YEARS OLD AND DURING A FINAL GAME, 2 MINUTES LEFT TO GO, 0 0 SCORE, I AM GEARING UP TO TAKE A SHOT AND TWO GIRLS TACKLE ME FROM BEHIND LEAVING MY ACL TORN. I AM DEVASTED SINCE IT'S A HUGE COLLEGE RECRUITING YEAR. CAN YOU TELL ME IF YOU FEEL I CAN STILL BE RECRUITED DURING SENIOR YEAR? I PLAY CLUB AND I WILL MISS ALL THE SHOWCASES HAPPENING NOW. I ASSUME IF I HAVE MY SURGERY IN JANUARY I POSSIBLY MIGHT BE BACK FOR MY SENIOR YEAR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM.

May 19, 2015
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maybe it's love NEW
by: Anonymous

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Apr 30, 2015
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Fourth time puts me in retirement NEW
by: Author

Hello all, looking at this original post is kind of crazy. I am now 21 years old and will be graduating from college soon. I actually was able to play for two years at UConn before I tore my acl for a fourth time. This was also after I had to have compartment syndrome surgery in my shins. Yes I've had some bad luck. After my fourth acl surgery I finally decided to move on from soccer well at least at the collegiate level. It was just too much for my old knees to take. However I do not use my knees as an excuse to hold me back. Currently I'm still super active. I play soccer for fun and make sure to lift weights to keep my strength up. It is so so difficult to move on from that time in my life. Soccer has brought me so many great memories over the years that I will never forget. However it has also taught me many great life lessons and provided me with insight into just how strong and unbreakable I really am. I thank God for the opportunities soccer has given me and for the challenges as well because they have just made me that much stronger. I think it is so easy to let a sport define us, but please know that you are so much more than just an athlete. You are a person with a greater purpose. Sports however can be a great tool and teach us many lessons about ourselves but we shouldn't let it define us. This is however soo much easier said then done. Believe me. I am still not over my career and it ended almost three years ago. I always assumed it was my calling in life and now I'm searching for a new one. But I'm sure God has a plan for me and this will all make sense one day. I hope you all make speedy recoveries and get back to doing what you love !! But remember don't let your sport define you, you are so much more than that. God bless. Mika.

Apr 30, 2015
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2 ACL tears NEW
by: Anonymous

My first ACL tear was once I turned 16. I played basketball as astarter for my school team and club team. My second ACL tear was a year and 8months after to the other knee which is the right knee. First One happened on a spin move, second one happened on a strong jumpstop pass on a fastbreak. Many have reasons to why it happened truly I believe its being unlucky and tiring out your muscles. There are other factors that might play into it, but according to what my doctor and thearpist have told me those are the main reason. Now I sit and think to play or not to play? But I don't want my dreams to end here... Still young can still have a few years ahead of me to work and try to get where I wanna be. Just not give up because knowing you worked and didn't make it is better then knowing you gave up and didn't make it...

Mar 17, 2015
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2nd ACL Injury NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter, who was a 4 year varsity starter for her high school basketball team, tore her ACL in both knees. At the end of her sophomore season, at the ripe old age of 15, she split two defenders and when she landed she tore her left ACL. She was Hon. Mention All State, "Player of the Year" in her conference, 1st Team this and 1st Team that... She had several D1 schools courting her at the time; she had surgery, patella tendon, and rehabbed over the summer. She started her junior season, now she was 16, she suffered from some mild tendinitis, but she had a very successful season, but with 4 games left in the season she tore her other ACL going after her own rebound. Surgery right away, patella tendon, and again rehab over the summer. She missed the opportunity to get AAU exposure due to rehab, and D1 schools were no longer courting her. Personally, I told her I was fine if she wanted to hang up her basketball shoes, but she fought to come back her senior season she still had personal goals she had set for herself that she wanted to reach. She had another great season, although she did lose a step and was less likely to get on the floor for lose balls, she lead her team is scoring and second in rebounding and led the conference in assists. She scored her 1,000th point and was again named "Player of the Year" in her conference and she was named 1st team this and that.. She has D3 schools that want her to play for them, and with her academics 4.065, she was also able to land academic scholarships. What I'm trying to say is girls' play year around and I believe the reason my daughter tore her ACL's is because she was a late bloomer and her body was changing and she was growing, but playing at a high level, she's a 6'0 point guard and was going through her growth spurt during that time. People have always told me that you should get your kids in sports early, but I think that it's better to hire a personal trainer to work on fundamentals and let their bodies develop first before getting them into intense competition at an early age. Grades are key to ensure that if you do suffer an ACL injury and you're not able to come back, you have your academics that can still open doors that would allow you to continue to play the sport you love, or it can help you adjust to life without the sport you love. My daughter's leaning toward not playing in college. I told her there's more to life than basketball and she's accomplished a lot in her high school career. Going through adversity has made her a stronger personal and an advocate for young student athletes. She'd like to be a PA (orthopedics) or PT or do something in the field of prevention (biomechanics).

Dec 01, 2014
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Torn ACL Twice NEW
by: Michaela

I'm 17 years old and I've torn each of my ACL's. I'm about to have another surgery and I'm pretty bummed. I've torn both of my ACLs stunting with cheerleading both a year apart and the second time I tore my outside and inside meniscus. I just recently torn my meniscus again but I really wanted to play soccer this year. My doctor says it wouldn't be smart to play soccer but it's something I love doing. I had no idea this many people have torn multiple things, but hearing that a lot of you went back to soccer gives me hope. I literally love soccer and have played it since I was little and I don't want to miss out on senior year. Everyone keep pushing through and work hard. With my first surgery I played soccer again at 4 months. I wouldn't recommend it but it is possible. I wish anyone and everyone the best of luck. I hope we all can return back to the sports we love.

Nov 12, 2014
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acl,meniscus tear,cartlage, hamstring graft left knee..right knee acl shattered, meniscus tear,cartlage,hamstring condaver, NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 33years old and I have had several ACL reconstruction, meniscus tear, hamstring graft, cartilage tears in both of my knee's and I still haven't recovered from them. I have done physical therapy several times but it doesn't help at all because they tear and mess up and I am a stay at home mom. I still can't walk very long or do any activities that includes using my leg's due to the pain and unbalanced popping out. Doctor didn't believe me at first that They have re torn and I don't even do anything, so he did MRI and it confirmed I knew what I was talking about. Needles to say he did surgery again and again. After 3rd surgery I'm in healing process and physical therapy and I slipped in some mud thick and I turn to get out and snap went my other knee, acl shattered and piece of bone,meniscus tear and more, he did the surgery even though I was only three weeks out from the other knee. Needless to say it was too much pressure on one knee it has torn and so has the other one. This isn't torn from soccer game or running..Before you have any surgeries on your knees get second doctor because They can prevent having to go through surgeries like I did..Now I can't do anything really do to, pain and uncomfortable shooting sharp needle feeling. Can't kneel down/ squat. Hopefully no one will ever go through all this like I have. Now I won't do anymore surgeries cause I have do much scar tissues and weakness, knee replacements I can't get because I am to young they tell me...

Jun 27, 2014
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Good luck bros and dudets cx NEW
by: Anonymous

Yeah I know how you feel my doctor told me the same thing but i'm scared as hell to play any sport. I dislocated my knee by twisting it and taking a little blow to it while having a little rumble with my team lol. I got scared as hell and started screaming I didn't even know if i'd play again. It's been four months already and I still can't run. But right now i'm like doing squats and everything I can you know I live for soccer too and yeah I cried to it's some scary shit. I wanna reccomemd surgery but I know they won't let me cause the fuck I guess just cause I'm sixteen :/ anyways i'm still hoping nothing goes bad and I wanna play again cause ball is life and always is <3 so just keep going. Even though this might be a little late lol cx but yeah good luck to everyone :) and share some of that luck to shit I need some to haha anyways agaim good luck n.n

Aug 18, 2013
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Shattered NEW
by: Floss

Hi, I just got back from sugery for my knee reconstruction, I basically obliterated my knee playing soccer (torn meniscus, chipped cartilage away from bone, and an exploded ACL) the situation is that my Doctor thinks I won't be able to play soccer again. I was in tears for ages after, I'm 15 and he's telling me I can't play most sports again. I live for sport, I know that with the amount of damage thats been caused its a lot worse then the average ACL damage. But I'm just hoping that maybe there's a chance I can play soccer again. Or another sport for that matter.

Aug 12, 2013
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ACL Tear NEW
by: Taylor

I'm 16 and going to be a junior this year. I tore my ACL playing AAU bball this summer. I have always played at a high level in both soccer and bball, had a great freshman year and sophomore year made it to state in bball and was conference player of the year in both soccer and bball, now I'm done for the season most likely. Since summer aau bball season is right after HS soccer, my ankles were in rough shape, never really got to heal all the way. Sprained it again about a month into aau season took a month off and then tore my ACL a few games later. Not sure if it was the weak ankle or the person tackeling me while I was going up for a layup! AAU refs really need to start calling fouls so it doesn't get so rough. Too many girls seem to be getting hurt. Anyway, maybe it's my time to take a breather, get healthy again and come back stronger than ever. I'm praying that will happen anyway. Trying to stay as positive as possible! It's tough though. I'm going to stick by my team but on the bench this year--maybe it'll make me a better person/player in the long run. Thanks for your support! Heading to surgery on Wednesday!

Jun 11, 2013
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Nice story! NEW
by: Anonymous

Really nice to see this story of yours! Im actually looking for articles to share with my 12 y/o son who recently tore his ACL and meniscus! He's an awesome soccer player as well. They say one of the best in our town. He hurt his knee during one pf his games! He was so devastated hearing from the doctor no sports until its fixed!
He'll start therapy soon and is looking into a second opinion by a sports pediatric orthopedist. We've kind of been opening ourselves to surgery.
Thanks for this article! Makes us feel that we're alone on this!

Jan 06, 2013
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recovering from 2nd tear NEW
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I too have a competitive background as a catcher in softball and basketball, I first tore my ACL in February of 2011 during a junior high basketball game I was 13 after several months of rehab, I made the freshman team as a starter and a captain, during our 2nd game in December on 2012, I went up to block a shot and heard the popping sound, I was helped off the court and the trainer told me also that she thought it was fine but I knew I did not feel like my knee was stable, and sat out the rest of the game, a few days later I got the bad news that my ACL and Meniscus was torn,for this surgery we uses a cadaver ACL, last time we used my hamstring so far I feel different about the rehab this time much more intense and a lot longer, I am on the team have not played yet I go tomorrow to see if I can get cleared for physical contact, if so then my parents may let me play, they are really worried about me going back out on the court

Nov 12, 2012
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Second ACL surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

The first time I tore my ACL i was in the seventh grade. I was playing basketball on a Saturday for school and it was in the third quarter when I was running down the floor to catch up with a girl, and all of a sudden I felt a pop in my knee and I was on the floor crying and holding my knee. My stepdad and my best friends dad rushed onto the floor and picked me up and took me to the bench. Soon we drove to the hospital to get it checked. When the doctor came in the room he did a couple of tests and then he said I'll bet you a pony you'll be fine... I wanted to go back after my surgery and ask him where's my pony. But i never did and I over came the first ACL injury. A week ago i was playing basketball at open gym and I felt my knee buckle out and i fell to the floor. My stepdad and coach came over and got me some ice. Two days later I got an MRI and the next day we got the results. My Stepdad sat me down on the couch and he said its not good you tore you ACL and Meniscus. I just started balling. Now I'm waiting for that second surgery. I know i can over come it and move on just like last time. I just want to show that pretty much anything is possible to over come and that you aren't all alone.

Nov 07, 2012
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3rd times the charm NEW
by: SARAH

Hey i am not gonna lie i didn't completely read your whole thing but thats cause i just came across this while i was doing research for a school project, but I just wanted to say im 18 and i have had 3 ACL surgeries too! however, it never set me back. I returned to sports after the first and second surgery and recieved autografts in both my right and left knee. Now i am graduated and my second surgery autograft failed and i had to get ACL surgery yet again. This time i received an allograft. It allowed me to get back on my feet sooner and back to my every day activities. I tried very hard to stay positive during this all because i am a very active person but i kept saying to myself "3rd times the charm" and that i hopefully will never have to go through this surgical procedure again! Dont ever think of an ACL tear (or 3) as something to regret or something that is wrong with you. Every ACL tear and surgery i went through helped to make me the person that i am today! sure i missed sports seasons but it turned out i was a lot stronger emotionally and physically then i thought and at the end of the day when i returned to sports i had a faster 40 meter time then i ever did before. Determination and a positive attitude is all it takes. Wear your scars proudly because its something to be proud of, and something to always remind you of how brave and strong you are. My surgeon once said something to me that i will never forget, because it reminded me of why i was sitting in his office. I was there to get better, to get back on my feet, and back in the game where i belonged. He said "Athletes don't tear their ACL's sitting on the bench" remember that.

Oct 24, 2012
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Thankyou NEW
by: Anonymous

although it may not mean much coming from a stranger,I want to thankyou for sharing this.i am a 16 year old girl as well and I've been playing soccer all my life,in my case though its my ankles causing me trouble.Ive been so frustrated lately,because having to watch your team play from the sidelines is the worst feeling in the world.Thank you for having hope in your knees,it's encouraged me to have hope in my ankles.

Oct 24, 2012
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Thankyou NEW
by: Anonymous

although it may not mean much coming from a stranger,I want to thankyou for sharing this.i am a 16 year old girl as well and I've been playing soccer all my life,in my case though its my ankles causing me trouble.Ive been so frustrated lately,because having to watch your team play from the sidelines is the worst feeling in the world.Thank you for having hope in your knees,it's encouraged me to have hope in my ankles.

Oct 24, 2012
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Thankyou NEW
by: Anonymous

although it may not mean much coming from a stranger,I want to thankyou for sharing this.i am a 16 year old girl as well and I've been playing soccer all my life,in my case though its my ankles causing me trouble.Ive been so frustrated lately,because having to watch your team play from the sidelines is the worst feeling in the world.Thank you for having hope in your knees,it's encouraged me to have hope in my ankles.

Oct 08, 2012
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Hamstring NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 15 from Portland, Oregon. I tore my ACL about 10 months ago and am about 6 weeks post-op. I waited to get my surery to the off season, as I was able to do everything fine with no instability with no ACL. I couldn't even tell it was torn, though my doctor did prescribe me a donjoy sports brace. I'm a softball catcher and had no difficulty catching at all. Though I was a lot slower, not having trust in my knee plus a 5 pound knee brace, it did hold me back a bit. I decided to get surgery using my HAMSTRING, and I feel great. My speed isn't gonna be compromised, and I'm already jogging with no difficulty. Overall my surgery and rehab went alright, given nobody really WANTS to get surgery. The worst part of rehab is the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. It's by far the most painful and difficult time. Make sure you take care of your leg, take time and better to be safe than sorry! :)

Sep 26, 2012
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Hope you feel better NEW
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I'm a teenage girl living in England with a competitive sports background. I have been doing professional trampolining for a little over a year, with a history of diving and netball and football. I was in a 100 person trampoline compotition on 8th of febuary (of this year) and landed incorrectly after doing a "back-drop" all of the weight went on my left leg and it bent all the way backwards (due to me being double jointed) and as I looked down,I saw the bones move majorly out of place- that's where the pain kicked in. Went to hospital via ambulance, had to wait 8 hours for emergency surgery, was hospitalised and bedbound for 4* weeks and nearly lost my leg, as it fully dislocated in 3 places, and my knee cap (patella) went right back around my knee. I had utterly ruined my ACL,PCL,MCL and stretched my LCL to grade 2 laxtisity. After 7+ months in a wheelchair of twice weekly hydro (and 3 surgerys- 1 reconstructive 3 weeks ago- with 2 donor ligements and doner hamstrings and my own,) I have been told I will never participate in any form of sport again- as any further injury would result in imediate above the knee amputation- but I have found other things to look forward too. I may have to have further surgery in 2-3 months but I'm keeping my self motivated and determined. Best of luck to you all in your recovery, and good luck with your Career as athletes!!!!!

Sep 11, 2012
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football lover from england NEW
by: jade

hi i have had the same problem as all of you, i played football at a high standard in england and got national football trials, i torn my ACL and my miniscus, on my left knee whislt sliding in to a tackle in a football match, i am now 3 years on considering going back into football but not at such a high standard, i am looking for advice on wether this is the best thing to do, as my surgeon could not fix my miniscus. i know i need to stregnthen my knee up first but i am still worried it would happen again ?

Aug 11, 2012
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Knee Surgery NEW
by: Tannah

I'm a 14 year old girl who has been playing softball and soccer for 3 years now, I'm going in for surgery next Friday, i start school the Wednesday before and will not be returning til that following Thursday. I'm a catcher for softball, and all positions for soccer. I really need all the motion back in my knee. They are pulling my knee cap over because it has shifted even after going through physical therapy and months of knee braces. they all say that i need to do intense physical therapy and that starts two days after surgery. (i will be on crutches everyday, no walking on it. I need some tips, tricks, advice, and things to do when im layed up in bed. im really scared this is my first ever surgery and it has to be on my knee when im an active teenager. I hate feeling like im helpless.

Jul 24, 2012
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My story NEW
by: Raymond

three surgeries on my single knee, I am 20 years old now, went from playing for the national team of my country, and having a full ride division one scholarship to barely being able to win intermurals, im currently 18 weeks out of my third surgery (re-reconstruction of my acl) I intend to continue playing and to play one a collegiate level for at least a year. When asked why i wont just quit playing i answer "ive been playing since before i could remeber anything else, soccer isnt a game for me, it is my only passion in life, and without it I wouldnt ever be comepletly whole again." keep up the playing take it easy until your ready but in no time you will be breaking ankles and nutmegging again good luck

Jun 12, 2012
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feel your pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Tore my acl first time ever freshman year in highschool during football game. I felt a tiny pop and my knee gave out so i limped off the feild. The trainer said my knee was fine and it felt fine to me but just unstable in a way when i ran. I ended up going to get an mri and found out it was torn along with my meniscus. This was near the end of my freshman year of football anyway so it wasnt that bad. Next year for sophmore football my knee felt so much weaker and it never really felt 100% again until the summer going into my junior year. After working out everyday but weekends doing wrestling to get ready for football it all goes to waste. Third day of spring practice my knee keeps cracking then locks up. I was like you got to be kidding me and i thought mabye its just the meniscus. Unfortunetly i tore my acl again entirely. Also i might have torn my pcl and damaged the cartilage on my knee bone so yeah. I think this might be the end of football for me it just seems unfair sometimes. I hope your knee gets better and hopefully we can stop tearing stuff.

May 24, 2012
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2nd ACL TEAR! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm 15. i can't believe so many people are going throught the same awful situations! Anyways, the first time i tore my acl, was last july at gymnastics. I jumped high off a tampoline and landed locked legged an twisted. My acl was completely torn to shreds dispersed around my knee. I just got to my 9 month stage and had the ok to get back into sports.. so i decided to tumble and show off my skills that i thought i still had and POP! Some sharp pain in the same knee and limping. I knew exactly what i did. I received medical attention days ago and he said It feels really loose, my mri is next week so.. its not for sure but i think I'm screwed. So I've spent the past 48hrs crying every time i think of the upcoming pain that awaits me.

May 16, 2012
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Wow, all these comments are so encouraging. NEW
by: Joy

After playing soccer since age 4 to 14 and leading my town team to multiple tournaments I was asked to play on a NJ select team, which I was doing instead of high school. Didn't even have to try out. What Micah said about building strength is spot on. I didn't keep my focus and I wasn't as strong as I should have been. Strength is essential.
So my FIRST practice back with the select team after winter break was when it happened. The practice had just ended but my trainer didn't call it yet. I'm a striker and I was not only new to the team, but I was the youngest one. I thought I had to prove myself, so when the ball came to me I had only one defender to beat, I got enough space and I took the shot. It went right into the upper 90 but thats all I remember… after I hit the ground I just held my knee and prayed. I either landed wrong or twisted it, to this day I'm not sure. I could hardly limp off the field, and I knew something was wrong. But that's not what the doctor said. I had 4 different doctors tell me I didn't need an MRI. So after TWO years, and 7 re-injuries I come to find that I don't even have an ACL. It was all scar tissue. And meniscal tears on both sides. I have no idea whether both happened during that practice or even if the acl was torn fully that day. It could have happened during the 7 reinjuries, which, some were from soccer, some were just from playing around… I don't know… but now, a month out of acl reconstruction I have almost all range of motion back and I am starting to juggle that ball again. And just like Micah said, this is just an obstacle that pushes me further and further… because my nightmare is to one day look back and think… what if?
By the time I am able to play again it will be almost 3 years, but even that wont stop me. I am going to be applying to colleges in the fall and I am making soccer my full focus.
Thank you everyone for your encouragement! It is so motivating to know I'm not alone.
GO USA WNT 2012 OLYMPICS

May 11, 2012
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by: Jayme

My names Jayme and i've played soccer pretty much all my life, and i absolutely love it, I'm a defender and always work 150%. 2 years ago, i tore my acl on my right leg, went through all the physical therapy and stuff like that, healed up and started playing again. I loved loved loved being back on the field, that's where i belong and what i really love doing. and just when i thought everything was going good, i was getting back to my full potential, just a couple days ago, i tore my acl on my left leg, along with my menisucs and a bunch of ligaments in the back of my knee.. i'm a freshman and i'm out till junior year. Don't even know what to do with myself. I'm on crutches and in a humungous uncomfortable brace all over again. It sucks, but i'm sorry to hear about your legs!! i hope your healing fast and getting ready to kick butt on the field again :) goodluck!!

Feb 15, 2012
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My Story. NEW
by: Deeana Linares

I'm going through the same thing right now :/ I just got back from the doctors and i was told I tore my ACL , and going to need surgery. Three years back I tore both my meniscus and had surgery on my left , now I'm a junior in high school playing varsity soccer and going to need an ACL surgery. I'm pretty devistaded ... I did not get to play my whole league season on soccer bc I got hurt during our tournaments during winter break. I really hope to b able to play next year, but I highly doubt it ...

Nov 26, 2011
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by: Mika

Just remembered that this was up here today. As much as it bothers me to see all of you wonderful athletes commenting on my page because of your injuries it really keeps me motivated. People always say you only have one body blah blah blah. But you have one life too. I never want to have to look back and go what if I had pushed myself and not let my knees be an excuse? Now I understand there are limits to this, but for me this whole thing was one giant obstacle that pushed me more. I'm really glad to hear that the majority of you are working your way back to doing what you love. Just remember that prevention is key. You NEED to build your muscles up before you take the field. My friend recently tore her ACL and she had her first practice back with the team and I asked her how much she was leg pressing she just gave me a confused look. She tore her ACL again 4 months later. This is not a coincidence you need to develop your quads and hamstrings. I know that there are times that this injury can't be prevented, but the thing that sucks most is that most of the time it can. It's so easy though to skip out on the exercises and say ohhh that's not going to happen to me again, but ha look at me! This is a wake up call for me also to keep focused on my prevention. God bless you all!! Your in my thoughts and prayers!! Stay focused on your dreams, and do whatever it takes to be where you want to be.

Nov 22, 2011
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Torn ACL's
by: Anonymous

I feel your pain. I'm in the process of recovering from my second ACL tear, and the first time I tore my meniscus too. It sucks big time, but I learned a lot from my first knee surgery. I may have made a lot of mistakes during those eight months that I had to sit on the bench and watch my team play, but I definitely learned a lot. Although this second knee surgery really ruined my chances at college soccer, I've finally come to acceptance with what has happened. I'm still going to continue to play soccer after I recover, but I know I won't be the same player I used to be, and I haven't been that player since before my first knee surgery. But, keep your head up and rehab hard!

Nov 02, 2011
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So Sorry
by: John

I have torn the ACL in my right knee twice. First playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school two days before our first game and again a month ago playing soccer. I feel the same way about lacrosse as you do soccer. I love and I envisioned playing in high school and maybe even college. Now I've been told I can play golf and swim and not much else. So I only got one season of high school lacrosse. So I know how bad it feels to be knocked out of your favorite sport. I'm really sorry doing it the second time was terrible and I can't imagine having to go through thr process a third time like you have. Hopefully you still go to UVa (Its awesome). I'm really really sorry.

May 28, 2011
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2nd time in 3 months
by: Olivia

the last week of feb ('11) I was playing in my last indoor lax game and i got tripped by this girl i tried to stay up but i stepped backwards funny and my right leg gave out. I was in such bad pain i limped off the field and sat for the rest of the game. by the end i still could not put any weight on it and was carried out when i got home i iced it and after three days everything looked fine. a week later when my parents got back from a vacation they were on i kept complaning about how bad my left leg hurt, they took me to the doctor later that week and my left leg was hurt because i pulled a muscle but when he was compareing it to my right knee we found out i tore my right ACL a few weeks later i got the surgery (hamstring) and i was recovering really well i was going to pt twice a week and working at home my dr. said he was impressed i was out for my freshman lacrosse season but i was working hard to make sure i could make varsity field hockey again in the fall but three months later i was walking into my house when both my dogs ran out and i felt them hit my knee (i have two 100 lb black labs) and i felt it give out and i knew right away that i had done it again! I just got another mri to conform it so now i will be out for a year straight! so mad but what can you do im just curious after two tears do you think you have been able to get back to your original pre injury level of play? and what was rehab the second time like?
also it is so annoying how people don't understand how much an ACL tear sucks

Apr 18, 2011
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feeling your pain!
by: Anonymous

I couldn't imagine 3 ACL tears! I'm 16 years old and I just had my second ACL reconstruction 3 weeks ago. I have torn both in the same knee within a year playing soccer. First surgery the doctor's recommended a hammstring graft which I did and it was okay, but I could definatley tell that my leg got tired all the time when I ran a lot and I could not perform as well as I used to by the end of the second half. The second go round the doctor's were completley shcoked. For this surgery doctor's recommended I use an allograft (cadaver). So far so good. I bagan full weight bearing about a week after surgery, and have been feeling great. But I can feel my knee weakening as the doctors said it would. After about 9-10 months of therapy I am hoping the doctors will let me get back out there and play sports again!

Mar 20, 2011
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ACL continued
by: Madie W

Another thing why would I fake injuries preventing me from doin the one thing I love.. It just makes no sence to me. I played on my torn ACL this previous time because it was my Junior year and I got a concussion the first game.. Knocked out for a minute and coach wouldn't let me play unless I had a note so I changed the date on my doctors note so I could play.. Am I an idiot for doing that..maybe..but to me it's worth it. My whole life has been a debate between my Heath or my happiness and I still haven't figured out why my friends say it's to make me strPonger but that's the thing I'm not stronger I've just learning to hide my pain. Im not sure if anyone's figured out why they keep tearing there ACLs so don't feel upset with god.. I always tell myself this can't be god it has to be the devil. Idk if that helps at all but I'd be happy to try and help... I'm sorry about your injuries

Mar 20, 2011
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ACL
by: Madie W

Well just because you felt pain in a different area doesn't necessarily mean you didnt tear your ACL or even something else. My first tore I felt pain in the back, the second time I felt pain in the front, and my third and most recent time I felt pain on my outside... Doctors thought I tore my MCL till I got an MRI. Thats what can make this injury so hard to study because the pain and the symptoms are not only different for everyone but can be different each time as well. For example, each time Ive tornmy ACL my knee has never ever swollen up. Idk why but it just does. So it's hard to say what you did wrong and there's a variety of tests you could do but you also have to remember that your mind is also a very undiscoverd thing esp since you've been through this before it makes it hard to make those tests very accurate. Can they be accurate? Yes but it's not always right. Like I said some doctors thought I torn my MCL this most recent time until I got an MRI. By the way, I can kindof relate to you with the no one understands, however, I know a lot of people that have torn their ACLs. My bball coach tore hers twice, one of my best friends tore hers twice, another friends of mine tore her meniscus twice and her MCL, the list goes on but the problem is we don't se the world the same way so it's difficult to share my feelings with them because I always get the speech of that I complain too much or I shouldn't complain when people don't even have legs. I'd like to tell them that everyone's lives consist of different tragedies and that not all people without legs love soccer more than life and can't even get their opportunity to show what they can really do but I know I would never win that fight so I don't talk to them bout it. I've been walking down the hall of my school and I lve heard and seen people point at me and say 'thats the girl that always gets hurt, she's just doing it for attention' and my soccer coach has heard worse. But I don't say anything because I dont wanna get involved with any other drama or stress. And for the people out there I don't think it's possible to purposefully tear an ACL and even if it was anyone who would do that on purpose would be an idiot in my opinion for putting themselves through all of that.

Mar 14, 2011
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Sighh... I'm in the middle of it right now.
by: Kristen

I tore my left ACL in high school playing volleyball, had reconstructive surgery (hamstring graft), and then rehabbed in 5months.
Then a few months after being back to "normal", I tore the meniscus in the same knee and had arthroscopy and a 3mo recovery.
At training camp the week before my senior volleyball season I tore my right ACL... Surgery again. I was left to rehab, fetch balls in practice, and keep statistics during games instead of playing in them my senior year.
Now, I've gotten all the way through college (graduate in August) with minor little "pops" in my left knee when I play sports and get off balance before I jump. I'm always afraid I've torn something because it swells and is sore and unstable but within a week or two it heals right up.

Yesterday, though, I went rock climbing against my better judgment (and fear of heights) and was jumping off a bouldering wall (one without a rope and harness, just mats on the floor) and I jumped too high off the wall. My left foot landed in the space between two mats and gave out to the side. I definitely felt a pop. It didn't hurt too bad, but none of my tears were excruciatingly painful.
But I can tell this is different from my usual "pops". The front and sides of my knee hurt rather than just the back. It feels unstable and hurts to put a lot of pressure on it. I'm pretty sure I tore it again, which will be devastating. But at the same time, I'm almost apathetic to it because it's happened so many times already. I kind feel like "who the hell cares anymore?"

I forgot to mention that I was playing intramural football my sophomore year in college when the ball jammed my pinkie on my right hand and smashed the bones and tore the tendons in the joints. I had surgery but it got infected and now the bone is twice its normal size and I can't bend it very far.

So I've had my fair share of sports injuries and I'm wondering WHAT IN THE WORLD God thinks I still haven't learned out of all of it to think He has to do it again... Probably not the right attitude to have but seriously!!!!!
None of my friends understand what I've been through and probably just get tired of hearing about "Kristen's hurt herself again".
Going to see my orthopedic doctor within the next few days. I'm sure he won't be happy to see me.

Mar 03, 2011
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knees suck.
by: Jackie

Hey girl! I play really competivite soccer as well. ODP, premier level, all that good stuff.. and I am almost 16 and tore my acl twice. I tore my acl the second time only after a month I was released, and I worked my butt off to get back. It's so frustrating because I have never worked so hard for something, and then have it not work. It's the most mentally challenging thing I have gone through. It's so annoying to know that I was healthy two years ago prior to any acl injuries, and I could play as much as I wanted, I never had really any injuries, and then BAMM two consecutive ACL tears. It's not fair. I know I can't sit here and think about the past, and regret making that one turn.. or taking that bad touch, so I had to take a crappy tackle, but I feel like there is no hope to playing anymore.. and I had all my college plans based on academics and soccer. I was hoping to go to notre dame, but I will be out for 2 yrs.. i don't even know if it's worth it.. and i dont want a knee replacement when i am 45. I feel your pain, and i know how frustrating it is. follow your dreams.. and listen to your body, you only got one; sometimes we have to give up what we love the most in life to find out what really matters.. it sucks. best of luck, and hope you get through this rough time, you can do it!
ps brandi chastain tore both acl's in each knee before playing in the olympics

Feb 26, 2011
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I keep tearing my acls
by: Madie Wilson

Hi, my name is Madie. I'm also 16, and Im on my third acl tear as well. I love soccer it's all I do and I tore all three playing soccer too. Third game freshman year I tore my left acl and meniscus, sixth game sophomore year tore my right acl at that point I was 14. And then June 6,2010 I retore myright acl in a pick up soccer game! Ive found myself to be terrified all the time! I hear myself saying,"madie don't go too fast you'll tear your acl" and things like that. I feel depressed too and sick a lot. I find myself crying myself to sleep because I've lost 3 years of my high school career and all I want is too play. My chances of getting a scholarship are now so slim and I hate it it makes me hate life I cnt think straight anymore and I dont know why this keeps happening to me. I won't ever stop playing soccer and for the first time in my life I'm scared to play in fact I'm scared to do anything! I dnt know what to do...

Feb 15, 2011
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2nd time at fourteen
by: Anonymous

Similar story to yours the first time i was training for a ski race and i hit a gate. i slid halfway down the mountain. i dont remember a pop but my MRI 3 weeks later said i had a complete tear of my acl. i went back to basketball(my other sport) this fall and had one week until the end of my season. i twisted weird and collapsed in pain, that time there was a significant pop and now im going into my secound surgery to repair my muniscus and possibly the same acl as before. living a risky life sucks sometimes

Jan 12, 2011
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My ACL tear
by: Kaitlynn

My name is Kaitlynn. I am 14 years old. I tore my ACL playing soccer. I had the ball and I felt my a little pop in my knee. So I stopped and the game was stopped. I limped off the field. I sat down and one of the coaches said it was fine. So I walked it off and was ready to go back in. BIG mistake. I got the ball and I cleared it away from the net and next thing I knew POP. That was it. I needed help getting off the field so my Dad and the assistant coach carried me off. I think that is the worst pain I had ever felt. So I sat out the rest of the game. It started to feel better but then the next morning it was swollen and I was still limping. My mom set up a Doctor's apointment and he knew something wasn't right. He wanted to do a MRI and sure enough my ACL was gone. I had surgery back in August of 2010. I had a horrible time with motion and therapy. So he decided to do a manipulation. That didn't work either. My family and I found out that my new hamstring graft was screwed in too tight and the tunnels were drilled wrong. So I'm looking at 2 more surgeries to hopefully correct this problem and about a year to a year and a half for recovery. So its going to be a while until I'm back on the field. But I know that one day I WILL be on the soccer field again.

Jan 06, 2011
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thanks for the story!
by: Anonymous

I just found this page and I'm so happy I did, it gave me a little hope. I'm really happy for you that you're doing great after 3 tears! I tore my ACL once in 2009 and then tore the same one not even a year after, both during club soccer games. I'm hoping to be back in April, because I really want to play at a division one college so I want to play in tournaments to be recruited ASAP. Do you have any advice for getting back your skills? I feel like it will take forever to get them back

Jan 02, 2011
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YAY!
by: Jael

Thats AWESOME!!
I am soo happy for you!!!

Stay safe!!!!!!

Jan 02, 2011
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Thanks!
by: Mika

Thank you I tore my left ACl 2 times and my right ACL once. Everything is going really well for me now I commited to play soccer at a NCAA division one school. My knee's are good they get sore sometimes but I haven't had a problem and am more than a year out, and back to doing what I love. Thanks everyone for the good wishes and I'm sorry to hear about the injuries you all have suffered/or are in the process of recovering from. I wish you all all the best and I know that with a strong heart and mind you will be back to doing what you love in no time!!!

Dec 23, 2010
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Re: 2nd ACL tear
by: Anonymous

wow. similar story to me. Is it the same ACL as before or is it your other knee?? I'm a junior now, but I tore my left ACL my freshman yr and I tore my right ACl my sophomore year. Both from basketball. I was also having a great year as a freshman and sophomore in sports. I definitely know how you feel. I got an MRI just to get confidence, and then found out my ACL was gone. I didn't know what to do, I went home and cried all day. And the thought of surgery, all the rehab, and no sports overwhelmed me. But, I wanted to get back to playing the sport I loved and be better than before, so I had the surgery. If you do want to get back to what you love to do, I highly reccommend getting the surgery. Let me know if I can do anything for you or if you have questions, I've been where you are and it isn't easy. I hope that God gives you the peace one way or the other about the surgery and you have a speedy recovery.

Dec 22, 2010
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2nd acl tear
by: Anonymous

I'm 15 years old, i tore my acl last year as a freshman. I was doing really well this year in sports as a sophomore and i made states for indoor track. Unfortuantly, last week i did long jump for track, and on my last jump i landed weird. I was saccred to move at first and when i did it hurt. after a few minutes i got up and i could walk with a limp. That weekend it was swollen but it started to get better. I got an mri just to be sure but i was confident nothing was wrong. Sure enough, i tore my acl again. I just found out and i dont even know what to do with myself. I dont want to got through surgery all over again and if i just rehab it without surgery doubt i'll ever be fast again. i dont know what to do.

Dec 18, 2010
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Stay strong!
by: Jael

I am soo sorry to hear of all your injury's!I am a 15 year old sophomore, and I tore my ACL playing soccer too! It was in a pre season varsity tournament.. so not even a Game:( It was DEVASTATING!!!!
I did pre op therapy, which by the way EVERYONE should do!! It helps you be physically and mentally prepared for your surgery and it helped me a LOT!

I had a patella tendon graft and I have had no problems with it so far! I have an amazing therapist, he had the same injury from playing soccer so we get along really well and he knows what I am going through!

Good luck to all of you guys!

Just remember keep your head up and don’t get down on yourself because it will all come together in the end if you put your mind to it. People will give you a lot of sympathy and tell you that you are going to be out for so long. Just brush it aside and don’t let other people get you down. Use your support system and know that you control your own destiny.

After all, the anterior cruciate is just a ligament. The heart is a muscle.

Nov 13, 2010
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2nd ACL tear
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry to hear about your injury. I tore my ACL as well when I was 12. I did it by playing soccer too. I love soccer, and i was very upset that this happened. In 7th grade in March 2009, I tore my ACL and my meniscus on my right knee. It was our first game of the season. I had to get surgery around May and didn't come back to soccer till around February. I was doing fine. My ACL seemed as strong as ever. I went to high school on my freshman year and I was on the juinor varsity team. On our last game of the season, I tore my ACL again. I was on the feild saying, "no no no! not again! please no!" The trainer said it wasn't, I tore my MCL until I got it check and the doctor said it was my ACL, again. I'm 14 now and this happened a couple weeks ago. I'll be getting my next surgery in December. Best of luck to you! Stay strong! I know how you feel.

Oct 04, 2010
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acl meniscus and mcl tear =/
by: michelle

I am 18 years old and started my first year of college. Volleyball is my one and only love. This sports keeps me sane, but only a couple weeks in to starting college i was playing volleyball for my intramural team and i came down from hitting the ball and (still not sure what i did) i am pretty sure i landed wrong, i heard a crack and immediately fell to the ground.i knew something was wrong because i injured my knee last summer and did the exact same thing but i thought i only dislocated my knee, but i knew this was different. i was rushed to the ER and none of the doctors could give me a diagnosis ( which makes me angry, its your job cmon!) so i had to wait until i had to go home to my doctor which was 2 weeks away. Finally i went home and got an MRI and my doctor told me i tore my meniscus acl and mcl in my left knee. It just sucks because i was just starting to play at this school and plus i made the volleyball team. and to find out i wont be playing for a long time makes me super depressed. I also read someones post above and said they did the same thing as me and after 7 months and 10 days there still not recovered from their surgery, it frightens me. I have been to Physical Therapy before for my shoulder ( i have bad luck with getting injuries) i tore my rotator cuff playing softball and i know what its like to do therapy. i am just super bummed i have to do therapy all over again and i know its gonna take so much work to get back to where i was before in volleyball. To the posts above me ^ i hope all your injuries heal quickly, and keep your heads up i know its hard to always stay positive (especially for me) but you cant change what has happened so just try to get through this! <3

Sep 27, 2010
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What graft to use?
by: Mika

Hi, I'm sorry to hear that you've torn your ACL 3 times also. Since the doctor's were able to go back inside my knee they were able to see that on my retear knee it was not due to graft failure. My first two ACL tear's were pediatric procedures. They used a ankle muscle the first time an the second (which I still currently have) they used an achilles tendon. They only used the graft's since my growth plates were still open. However, my doctor told me for the third one ( the first tear on my other knee) that I should definatly use the patellar tendon since my growth plates were now closed and that it is the strongest procedure available. My doctor really knows what he is talking about when it comes to ACL's it's pretty much all he does. So I REALLY recommend the patellar tendon. However, it is more painful and harder to receive physical therapy results in the beginning but the delay is worth the safety and protection benefit it offers in the end!

Sep 27, 2010
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What graft to use?
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm sorry to hear that you've torn your ACL 3 times also. Since the doctor's were able to go back inside my knee they were able to see that on my retear knee it was not due to graft failure. My first two ACL tear's were pediatric procedures. They used a ankle muscle the first time an the second (which I still currently have) they used an achilles tendon. They only used the graft's since my growth plates were still open. However, my doctor told me for the third one ( the first tear on my other knee) that I should definatly use the patellar tendon since my growth plates were now closed and that it is the strongest procedure available. My doctor really knows what he is talking about when it comes to ACL's it's pretty much all he does. So I REALLY recommend the patellar tendon. However, it is more painful and harder to receive physical therapy results in the beginning but the delay is worth the safety and protection benefit it offers in the end!

Sep 27, 2010
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Me too
by: Kelly

Hi I too have torn my ACL 3 times. I was wondering which grafts they used each time they fixed yours? I'm preparing to have my 3rd surgery and am trying to pick a surgeon and method that hopefully proves more successful than the last 2 attempts. I have torn the same knee all 3 times and have thus far tried hamstring and allograft reconstuctions. It looks like patellar graft could be next. I'm only 21 so I'd really like for this one to hold out haha

Aug 17, 2010
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Your Welcome :)/ Update
by: Mika

Hey all, just wanted to say i am back to doing what i love its officially been over a year since my injury date and life is so much better now. I still have a lot of work to do to get back to the level I was playing at before the injury but I know that if I made it this far nothing can keep me down now. Im sorry to hear about all your injuries. Non athletes really don't understand what a simple game to them can mean the world to us. Remember to stay motivated and positive as pure will power, faith and heart are key factors in the recovery process. If God puts you to it, he'll help get you through it :).

Aug 17, 2010
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Football=Life
by: Anonymous

This injury is a real bummer. I'm on my way to being a senior. I have all the potential to be playing division 1 football. I lived for football and friday nights. This was my life... my destiny. I also play basketball which isnt my favorite sport but i do like it. I was in a summer scrimmage and BAAM. My knee gives out on me... it felt like my knee popped out of place.. i knew it was bad but everyone was telling me how i would be ok and its nothing.. but i knew they were wrong. I tore my acl and my menisci. It was the worst news i have ever received.. Now i cant play the game i love..this happened at the worst time ever.... my senior year..

Aug 05, 2010
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Thx Mika
by: Anonymous

I am 15yrs old ant tore my ACL and Meniscus in a Soccer match...
My growth plates are not closed; the dr says this is odd and Im afraid the surgery may hurt my growth plates... Mika's story and some google research makes me feel better about the ACL surgery...
Thx Mika...

Jul 09, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Oh wowwwwww that's awful! I think some people don't know how bad knee injuries are! And well I had to play w a knee brace last yr. But my pt probably won't be done in time
and the season would be mostly over but I'm gonna try really hard in pt so maybe but pretty doubtful.

Jul 07, 2010
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Re: Alyssa
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear of your injury! I tore my ACL my freshman year, and sophomore (this year) year. My freshman year I tore my ACL, Lateral Meniscus, severe bone bruising, and dislocated my left knee. This year, it was just my right ACL. I played for a month not knowing that i tore my ACL. It stinks that it is your senior year. Could you play with a functional ACL brace?? Good luck!

Jul 07, 2010
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by: Alyssa

I completely tore my acl in tenth grade. I was playing basketball..and my knee just went pop and fell to the floor screaming in pain. Everyone knew I was seriously hurt because I usually fight through pain and don't show that I
am hurting but this time I couldn't get up and I was just yelling in pain. So the next day the doctor told
I 100% tore my acl along w tearing a bit of
my mcl. So I got surgery..I used a muscle from
my hamstring. After surgery I formed blood clots at such a young age. I had some iron deficency I never knew about..so I had to take shots in my stomach twice a day for months. Along w a weekly visit to the doctor. Now it's summer and I'm going into my senior year at high school and I was at a bball game last night and the same thing happened all over again..except this time it's worse. I go to the doctors
tomorrow but I definatley messed up my knee
even more this time. And I can't even play basketball my
senior yr which means no colleges are gonna look at
me so I won't be able to play in college. I just always ask...why me but knowing you guys are going through similar things makes me feel better. And I'm not looking forward to physical therapy...IT'S THE WORST.

Jun 28, 2010
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People who understand! :)
by: Eloise

i am 14 I live in England. i played in a regional tournament and got selected for the england development squad for basketball under 16, i could not have been happier! it was the day before my 13th birthday. The following week at training with my national league team i went to do a move past my defender and suddenly my knee just popped and i had excruciating pain. I went to my physio and my doctor, they both said i had just teared my MCL a little and that it would heal with rest. So i rested up until the swelling went down and then went on tour with south west england to sweden for the european tournament. I was warming up and my leg just kept giving way. I went home and got an MRI which revealed i had ripped my right ACL completely. After 18 weeks wait for the operation i had reconstruction using the hamstrings and regained my strength in my knee, it took me about a year to COMPLETELY recover! I returned to national league and played a few games in england and then i had another opportunity to go on tour to Prague ( czech republic) in my 3rd match i was extremely tired ( they say the best time to get injured) and i jumped for the ball and landed hard and awkwardly on my left leg ( good leg) and i heard a loud pop! i knew immediately what i had done and was going to be out for the rest of the tournament. My friends didn't believe me and made me walk round the whole of prague! When i got home we went to e.r and the doctor said it was ok and come back in a week and he will check. We went back in a week and he told me my ACL was not broken. So i went to my physio who is really good and helped me through my rehab on my other knee and she said i had definitely ripped it and to go and get and MRI. The MRI showed 100% ripped ACL, torn MCL, and torn meniscus- the unhappy triad my physio calls it! My medial ligament healed and i felt almost normal so i STUPIDLY went to south west training and did a left hand lay up and my knee just went AGAIN it hurt SO SO SO SO MUCH MORE than when i did it in prague, i don't understand! I am really worried i have done serious damage to my meniscus. Now i cant walk at all at the moment and i am trying to ice it and get it straight so the doctor can operate. i am so happy i found this page, people who understand! all my friends don't even know what an ACL is! hope it goes well for all of you and your injury's :)

May 19, 2010
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by: Mika

Hey all it saddens me to see all of your posts. It has now been 11 months, I've been playing soccer again for 3 months and I feel great. Currently I am in highschool soccer though so it is hard on my knee playing so much so I try to ice and keep my strength up but playing soccer again I feel like I have no time! and i wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!! Good luck to you all and I know you will be back to doing what you love soon !! God Bless!!
Mika.

May 11, 2010
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Soo
by: Anonymous

WOW! I only torn my meniscus, everyone has intense problems. I have a question.. how long was your recovery for the ACL?

May 10, 2010
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ACL tear with hamstring graft
by: Anonymous

I just tore my ACL about 2 months ago in march and tore both my meniscus' playing soccer. I used the hamstring graft and I cannot tell if I am weaker or stronger than I was before. I REALLY hope i dont do it again. hope you are feeling better soon.

Apr 27, 2010
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I hate sport injuries!
by: Anonymous

I have much sympathy for you all! I tore my meniscus and my ACL in my right leg. I remember how depressed I was when I thought my recovery was going to be a minimum of 4 months and I was told I couldn't play Basketball! I went in for surgery this past Monday, April 26th and i got the meniscus repair, and somehow my ACL, although had a small tear, was not large enough to have to repair it. Two days after my surgery I start physical therapy and my recovery should be a good 6 weeks. However, I'm very worried about tearing my ACL more and then possibly having to go through with the ACL surgery right after I complete my recovery from my meniscus repair. Is there anything I can do, or avoid doing to protect my ACL from tearing more?

Mar 05, 2010
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3 torn acl's?
by: Anonymous

WOW! I can't imagine 3 torn ACL's. I am on number 2 now. I played varsity girl's basketball as a freshman, and had a pretty good year. I completely tore my Left ACL last year, came back to playing varsity as a sophomore this year with a functional brace, and at the end of January i tore my right ACL. I was told my knee was fine, ligaments were stable, and i continued to play. It continued to bother me, but i played the entire month without an ACL, not knowing that I tore it. So, they ordered an MRI after the season to make sure nothing minor was wrong, and it said that i completely tore my ACL. I see the doctor Monday.

You are an encouragement to me! I can't imagine 3! How are you now?

Now, i would like to say something to anyone that may read this that is considering ACL surgery and are trying to decide what graft to use. I just wanted to let you know that i did have the hamstring graft, and yes you may have a little less speed at first, but no more than anytime you are coming back from an injury. I was riding the exercise bike the first week after surgery, and by the 2nd week i was riding it pretty comfortably. I had complete range of motion back within a month, and was on the stair stepper by week 2. So, i just wanted people to know that the hamstring graft does work, and does have good results!

Thanks for your story, it is an encouragement. Hope you are doing well! :)

Dec 27, 2009
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yah
by: Anonymous

thank you soo much. and I'm sorry to hear about your injury.

Dec 26, 2009
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i know how it is
by: Anonymous

im a sixteen year old soccer loving girl too.
i know just how it is when coaches and trainers dont believe when you're hurt, they just tell you to walk it off or toughen up.

i had a bilateral fracture in my L5 vertebra in my spine (the vertebra at the very bottom of your spine)
i had this fracture for at least 8 years before i got a definitive diagnosis and solution.
i had surgery on june 25th, same day you tore your acl for the third time. i know how much it sucks to not be able to play, trust me. i havent played an actual game since mid august of '08, so its been a while. but no matter how long i dont play, i still love it.


so keep at it & good luck!

Nov 24, 2009
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to answer your question
by: mika

hey sorry to hear about your injury and I do truly truly mean it. the patellar graft was pretty good although i will say that it was more painful than the cadavers i've had. If you would like to continue to play sports I wouldn't have a hamstring graft it takes away your speed and actually makes you more vulnerable to tear your acl again. My doctor told me that the patellar tendon was the stongest graft available and is a lot less more likely to retear. hope you are back to an active life soon!

Nov 24, 2009
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acl and meniscus tear
by: kassie

left knees seem pretty popular. I tore my ACl in may this year, and I am going in for surgery in a few weeks. Im not looking forward to a second surgery. I just had my meniscus fixed about 4 months ago, straight leg knee brace for 6 weeks.I didn't get MRI's my doctor and physio thought i had a mcl tear and i went to see the surgeon and he thought the same, and figured an MRI would take too long, and i was in a hurry to go to school, i got my knee scoped and i tore my ACL 100% and had a pretty bad lateral meniscus tear. Im getting the patella graft, and i was just wondering how your experience with it was, my friends all got the hamstring graft and they don't believe i should go through with it, but its been 6 months and i want my knee to stop hurting, and giving out.I tore my ACL slide tackling, something I do all the time, but this time it didn't quite work out, I really want to get back on the field.

Nov 17, 2009
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tore my acl too..
by: Anonymous

I'm a freshman in highschool and i'm 14. This year i was mainly looking forward to playing basketball, but i also play feildhockey. during one of the games i tore my acl, and basketball was out for me. I was really mad but i worked on strengthing my knee as much as possible before surgery, scheduled the day before Thanksgiving. Unfortunatly, today i stupidly played volley ball in gym and land on my leg. The pain was 10 times worse than when i tore it a few weeks before. i was able to walk on it until about an hour after it happend. it got really really swollen and now i cant put any pressure on it, and it even hurts to move it the smallest amount. I hope i didnt make it any worse, or tear anthing else. I need the swelling to go down before my sugery. I have to go through iceing, and stretching all over again. Im so mad at myself. I hope the 6 months i was supposed to be out doesnt turn into more.

Oct 11, 2009
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wow..
by: Anonymous

i can't believe you did it twice on your left knee and once on your right knee...i'm scared that it could happen to me...i was on cheerleading for my school and i fell the wrong way and SNAP went my knee...i knew it wasn't broken, but i couldn't walk at all..i went to the e.r. that night and it turned out that i tore my acl, mcl and meniscus on my left knee...its been exactly 7 months and 10 days since i had surgery and i still haven't made a full recovery...but when i hear that almost everyone who tore there acl once has torn it again after that...so i'm scared that i'm going to make the full recovery and then hurt my knee again....i hope not...feel better...i had to use my patellar tendon to reconstruct my knee too and about 6 weeks after surgery i was at full rotation...good luck with your recovery and i hope you get better soon..

Oct 06, 2009
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same story
by: Anonymous

I have tore my acl twice on my left knee as well.
Basically the same story, I was playing basketball when I was 13 (07) and I came down on my knee tearing the acl for the first time. I got it reconstructed because the x-rays showed that my growth plates were closed. I went through six months of rehab and got back to playing soccer and basketball. Then in May of 2009 I was playing soccer and felt a pop in my left knee, it didn't really hurt, but my trainner and coach both thought it was mest for me to sit out for that game because of my history. I went to physio and saw my surgeon and they both said that my acl was not torn. I tried playing soccer but my knee continued to feel unstable. I had a MRI, but becuase of the scar tissue from the previous surgery they could not see my acl clear enough. I kept trying to play soccer but my knee would give out. I went back to my surgeon and he said that they only other option would be to have another surgery. If it was torn he would reconstruct it, and I would be on the road to another long recovery. It was 100% torn. I am now about 4 and a half weeks post-op. I feel your pain.

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