The worst news of my life,

by Melissa
(Florida)

I am 17 years old and I have been playing soccer ever since I could remember, about 3 or 4 years old. It truly is my life. But on friday December 10th, 2010.. I was playing in one of my highschool games when a girl was dribbling towards me with the ball. Instinctly, I went in for a tackle by planting my left foot and going to kick with my right. Unfortunetly, some how the girl kept going through my right leg bringing it with her forward, and my left knee made the loudest pop. Immediatly I went down screaming, as I layed there crying looking up at the sky I prayed it wasn't anything too serious. As I was moved to the bench, the trainer told me that she thinks it's my ACL. I couldn't believe it. So when I went to get my MRI on the following monday I just expected the worst so anything else wouldn't seem as bad. I took the MRI results to the knee doctor that same day. He told me I tore my ACL & Meniscus. I couldn't help but cry. My dad wanted the surgery to get done with asap so I can hopefully recover in time to come back my senior year & get the scholarship i've been working so hard for my whole life. I went to physical therapy for about two weeks before my surgery on dec.27th, 2010. I was really nervous so in my head I just thought that after it was over with, everyday i'll slowly be getting better and better until I can finally play again.


So as of right now, I am on my 5th week after surgery and I go back to therapy in one more week.

Well thank you for reading my story, anyone who is passionate about their sport as I am to soccer, I know exactly how you feel. It'll be hard work in therapy and training again but we'll get through this and be as good or even better as we were before :) AND get our scholarship! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I would love to talk to anyone who has gone through the same thing but haven't had surgery yet, and especially to anyone who's already had their surgery and is playing again (I have questions for you).

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Oct 08, 2015
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Jul 26, 2011
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ACL and Meniscus Repair 2 weeks ago
by: Sam

I'm 18 years old from Australia and was playing rugby union when I took an awkward fall and felt a pop in my right knee. I was diagnosed from an MRI with a torn ACL and meniscus. The news was pretty shattering but i managed. I had the surgery 2 weeks ago using my hamstring for the graft. So far so good! I was on a bike 2nd day post op to regain flexion and I was walking without crutches 5 days post op! Now it's two weeks in and my walking looks almost normal, I have a lot of flexion back and extension is good but hyper-extension is still a little bit sore. It's pretty hard watching your team play without you but you have to stay positive. Just think of how good it will be when you can get back to your sports. Just do the rehab religiously and have patience (:

Jul 20, 2011
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From across the pond!
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you, however..don't take this the wrong way.. but I'm glad to find someone in a similar situation. I'm 19 years old from Scotland and I tore my ACL and meniscus playing for my University Football (soccer) team. Totally agree with what you said, finding out the results was the worst moment of my life also.

I'm still awaiting surgery but I was wondering if you or anyone else could help me out with this question. I'm not so much worried about the surgery, there's not really a lot I can do about that, what I was wondering was how do you cope watching your team continue playing? I feel very isolated and I hate missing out on everything.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :)

May 02, 2011
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on my way to recover
by: Karly

i actually plan on coming back stronger than before, and I know thats possible! My surgery is monday! My doctor said it takes about a year for people to get their muscles back to the same strength as their other leg.. I totally disagree, I believe it can be done in 6 months. What do you guys think?


Good luck with the rest of your recovery and be careful in highschool. Highschool soccer is rough as a freshman because your playing with girls a lot bigger than you. Also, some of the girls that play are very good athletes, but don't have a lot of skill, so the way they play could be more dangerous than a travel player. Just be careful, because in the end, you travel team is gonna get you into the college you want to go to.

May 02, 2011
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Same situation; Different age.
by: 13 year old who tore her acl

I feel your pain. I play for a Travel soccer team, & in November I was in a tournament in Indiana. Now I'm a starting player for my team and I play the whole game. When I found out I tore my acl I was thinking I was too young, but it's now may & I had my surgery in February. I should be able to run! It goes by alot faster than you think! And since I've been practicing with the high school team for years & I'll be a freshman next year so the coach told me I didn't have to worry about tryouts! And I didn't have that much pain except the first 2 nights. It realty isn't that bad, just keep your head up! Alot of people exaggerate the situation, saying that you'll never play the same again & that is totally not true! Just keep your head up & you'll be fine! I have a bright future ahead of me & so do you:)

Apr 17, 2011
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to Karly
by: Melissa

I'm sorry to hear that :(
You're 15, so you still have alot of time to play once you go through with your surgery.. so if I were you I would definetly take your time after because you don't want it to re-tear when you're my age at a critical year that you're trying to get looked at for college. Work as hard as you can in therapy before the surgery because it'll just make it easier on you after the surgery. I only went for two weeks but that was because I wanted the surgery before the year ended. Otherwise I would of gone for at least month.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment whenever you'd like.

Apr 11, 2011
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just tore acl
by: Karly

I'm 15 and just found out I tore my acl. It happened while playing soccer. Do you have any advice for me? I want to get back asap as I am playing at a high level, and want to be the same player I was before. Thank you all, your stories gave me hope.

Apr 02, 2011
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by: Melissa

Thank you for your comment & advice. It really helps when I hear that someone else has successfully returned to playing. As of right now I'm still in therapy, slowly getting better. Did you feel 100% when you started playing again & that's why you didn't wear the brace? My doctor says when I start playing again that I must wear it every time I play for at least whole year.

Feb 28, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Melissa,

Great post and best of luck. I played D1 soccer myself and had ACL surgery twice. With hard work and dedication I returned to the field the same player I was before the surgery. A lot of pro athletes have the surgery and continue playing at the highest level. I did not wear a brace at any time on the field after the surgery, but waited a full 7 months before my return. I feel that if you need to wear a brace, you should not yet return or expect to do some things on the field you would like. On the other hand, some athletes prefer to wear the brace for peace of mind and to each his/her own. When you return, just be sure to keep your quads and hamstrings strong going to the gym or exercises at home. Some therapists are now saying that the best way to keep good tone and prevention is to do exercises similar to the motions you use while playing. Be positive and keep working hard.

Chad

Feb 28, 2011
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by: Melissa

As of right now i'm doing good. I've been in physical therapy for a few weeks. & I can't wait until I can just walk without a brace lol.
But I'm glad to hear about you're recovery & everything is going well for you. After your surgery on the ACL & recovered enough to play again did you have to wear the brace for a whole year while playing ?

Feb 19, 2011
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by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear of your injury. how are you now? I'm a junior and i play varsity girls basketball with a dream of playing college ball. I dislocated my left knee, as well as tore my ACL, meniscus, and severe bone bruisingn as a freshman. I cried so much when i found out. I had a great year and wanted so badly to get better. I had surgery, recovered, and went back to playing my sophomore year. Well, about 11 games into the season, i felt my right knee pop. Didn't really hurt, so i kept playing for about a month before i decided to get it checked because it kept going out on me, found out that i had torn my right ACL. Had surgery and i came back am having the best basketball season of my entire life this year as a junior. I am praying for one more week to be healthy and i will finally have made it through a varsity bball season with no knee injuries. Just work hard in PT and you will do amazing. You can still get that scholarship and you can come back better than ever. It just takes a lot of hard work and mental toughness. God will teach you a lot during this time. good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

Feb 05, 2011
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by: Melissa

Oh okay . & I have no idea.. I was right about to start looking at schools this year since i'm a junior but then I got injured so I'm just gonna wait til my senior year .

Feb 05, 2011
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i had the hamstring tendon for my acl, and i started physio 3 days after surgery. So what schools are you lookking at?

Feb 03, 2011
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by: Melissa

I'm pretty sure you'll be fine even though you have already waited a month, I know someone who waited 2 months til they had their surgery. But the longer you go to therapy before surgery the better because then after surgery you'll have a better range of motion. I only went for 2 weeks so I was pushing it. Just do everything the doctor says & you'll be good. It's a very stressful & long process after surgery but it'll be worth it in the end when you get to skate again. I hope everything works out for you (:

Feb 03, 2011
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keepin my chin up
by: Anonymous

i completely wrecked my knee in december 2010 skateboarding. it's the only thing i like to do and i dont think i can live without it.
a month later i got an mri, my acl and mcl are torn.
im getting in touch with an orthopedic doctor soon and will talk to him about getting surgery.
do you know if i have severely ruined my chances of a full recovery because i waited a month?
i've been walking on it because it didnt hurt so bad, but now that i know its torn i want to stay off it as much as possible.
i dont want to go through my life with a bum knee, i want to get back to skateboarding as soon as i can.
hope your knee heals up and you get that scholarship.

Feb 02, 2011
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to Jael
by: Melissa

That's good to hear! & I recieved the cadaver's tendon so maybe that's why my doctor wanted me to wait until 6 weeks after surgery before I go back to therapy.

Feb 02, 2011
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brace
by: Anonymous

I am a goalie, so I opted not to wear the ACL brace returning to sports because every time i would dive or land on it i thought it would hurt. So instead of the brace i just wore a regular knee brace with hinges. I find it really works, I use it when i run, play soccer or any other major activity. I tryed playing without the brace, but I wouldn't do it again because my knee hurt when not wearing it. What type of graft did you have?

Feb 02, 2011
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by: Anonymous

good luck!

Feb 02, 2011
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Stay strong!
by: Jael

I am a sophomore and I tore my ACL playing soccer this year in September.
I know how you feel, I cried too when I found out. Its the worst feeling ever when you find out that you can't play for a long time!
I did 4 weeks of therapy before surgery.
I had surgery October 12 using my patellar tendon. What graft did you use?
I had therapy 2 days after surgery. My therapist is was our HS boys soccer coach, so he encooperated some soccer stuff once I could do them safely. and actually he tore his acl too so he knew how I felt!

Actually today was my last day of official therapy, but I am still going to go to my therapy clinice and work out.
Its almost been 4 months since my surgery.

Don't worry you will get there, and be playing soccer in no time!!

Keep us updated!!

Feb 02, 2011
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Thank you for your feedback,
by: Melissa

It really helps hearing that you still got the scholarship and it all turned out okay for you. Do you think the brace you had to play with affected your capability to do certain things?

Feb 01, 2011
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keep your head up high
by: Anonymous

I was starting my third year of highschool when i tore my acl. I play soccer all year around, and soccer is my life. Alot of univeristys in the states were looking at me, when i found out i tore my acl i cried. But after talking with my mom its not then end of the world. Keep your head up and just do your rehab. After rehabing my knee i went and played soccer again. I got offered a full ride to a school in the states, so all i got to say is dont give up hope, you can get a scholarship to a d1 school jujst like me!

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