Many female players get ACL injury every year and it seems that this injury is more common in women’s football than men’s and I remember this article I saw on twitter explain about this. If you are interested you can read it here(it’s in Spanish btw).
So they explain that because of the differences in the hormonal, anatomical and biomechanical level of the 2 genders, ACL injury become one of the most frequent injuries in women football.
“If we focus on hormonal differences, we see that the menstrual cycle directly affects the integrity of the ligaments and especially the knees, due to the increase in the relaxin hormone that generates more ligament laxity.
Another of the differences that we will find will be the anatomical factors, as is the case of the intercondylar notch (space between condyles) where in women it is wider than in men, causing greater tension in the ligamentous structures.
Another of the most important differences will be the width of the hip and pelvis , which is greater than in men causing an increase in the Angle Q (angle formed by the femur with the tibia), that is, there is a tendency for the knees go inward causing a bad alignment of the leg and therefore generate problems in these. At the foot level, and due to this misalignment, we can find a valgus foot (inward) or varus (outward) that generates an increase in that misalignment and biomechanical problems. Consequence of all these factors, the muscular system is poorly regulated between the internal and external muscles.
The set of these differences between the genders generates that the majority of knee injuries occur without contact with the rival. These are produced by sudden braking, a change of direction or after a jump. That is why it is important that the players, whether professional or not, carry out a biomechanical study of the tread in order to prevent and reduce a possible injury. This biomechanical study consists of several tests and testswhere the feet, knees and other structures are evaluated. In the event that a player, who already has a knee injury, should also evolve to help during recovery and protect the knee from a relapse. This type of injury, which is more frequent in women, not only will we find them in football, but we can see them in basketball, handball and other sports disciplines.”
Hereisanother article talk about people working to find a solution to stop female footballers suffering from so many ACL injuries. They have mentioned Bristol City’s Abi Harrison, Brighton’s Ellie Brazil and Laura Rafferty, the England and Manchester City defender Aoife Mannion, Tottenham’s Jessica Naz, Crystal Palace’s Ashlee Hincks, Birmingham’s Heidi Logan and Arsenal’s Dan Carter as examples of women who suffer from this injury (the article is from The Guardian so they take players playing in England) and now we have Sara Däbritz, Andrea Falcón, Ada Hegerberg and many more other women suffering from this injury. Hopefully they can find a solution to this.
I tore my ACL on Dec 6th. It is now April 12th and I am going to the doc to finally get the verdict on if I need surgery.
First the docs thought it was just sprained, then after 3 months decided to get me an MRI which showed it was torn. Then I sustained a concussion which pushed everything back and caused more problems. Two doctors and one intense PT eval later, I am finally having this apt that should give me an answer on what my knee needs to return to play.
It’s been a very long journey and, while I obviously would like to not need surgery, I’m excited to just have an answer. It’s been a very long 5 months. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
Since I tore my acl, I know who has been there for me and I have been more than grateful! But with support comes people who doubt you. When people say you can’t or won’t be like you used to in sports or whatever. ..say I’m gunna shock you all and do better! Never let people’s low expectations get to you..let them motivate you. Keep working and fighting. An injury doesn’t define your future 💪
Nicole sent me a puzzle of myself. I opened up a package from Chicago and pulled out a box with four pictures of myself and the words “Erin Lynn Robinson is FUN!" She said she wanted to send me something that wouldnt make me fat and something that would make me smile. I laughed out loud, what a great idea. I absolutely despise puzzles (she couldn’t have known that), including any sort of sodoku or word scramble. I am not sure why. I like to use my mind but I have never found these sort of activities entertaining. Sure, it’s fun to SOLVE the puzzle but I would rather skip all the work and frustration and just get to the end.
Last weekend, I overdid it. (I know, shocking right? I am such a patient person!) I felt great all weekend, doing my normal "relaxing activities,” trying to stay on top of my PT, enjoying the amazing weather we have been having, catching up on my reading. I got the opportunity to go to Matsu last weekend- literally the best sushi in the world and I felt like I was ready to really go out on the town. We sat at the bar, had an entirely too expensive meal and a couple of carafes of saki, topped with oreo/mint mochi (rice paper ice cream, it’s amazingly good) and continued out on the town. I was mindful of my injury and did all the right things– stuck with one drink an hour, tried to have water in between, stayed seating when possible, avoided the dance floor and was careful on the ice. It had been almost three weeks, I was feelin good!
Flash forward to 9 am (which was really 8am, thanks Daylight savings) and me due at work. My knee was throbbing and stiff as it had been the second day after surgery. The combination of wine, saki and vodka mixed with raw fish was not doing my stomach well and I was tired because I had only gotten 6 hours of sleep. I did NOT feel well. It felt like my knee had a hangover! I begrudgingly headed to work and managed to put in a full day but was in pain the entire time. I counted my drinks and even though they added up to substantially less than anything I usually drank, I knew that it was still too soon. When they told me the recovery time of 6 months, I knew I would beat that. I was strong and healthy and determined. However, maybe I could cut the time by a month or two. But not five, I knew I still had a long road to go and I just had to be patient.
My knee was stiff and sore and in pain for two whole days. I felt like I couldnt straighten it without a sharp pain running up my leg and even the bike hurt to come all the way around at first. I felt like I had taken five steps back and was frustrated and mad at myself. During my normal PT session at The Awesomest Physical Therapy on the Planet, Amber did a lot of manual therapy and tried to get my knee back to where it was. It took the whole 30 minutes, but it felt okay afterwards. In PT, they do not agree with “no pain, no gain.” Amber always says your body knows the best and in an injury situation, you should never push it to the level of pain. After doing the bike for a few minutes without pain (thank god!), I was doing my hamstring exercises on the ball and felt a pop in my hamstring. Almost like I had ripped it in half. I knew it was weaker because of the graft and thought I had literally just destroyed my leg. I hobbled over to the modalities table, after saying a few swear words. Jasmine, the PT aid wasnt sure what I had just done. We asked Chris, the other PT and he said it was common and said it was scar tissue and my hamstring trying to rebuild itself. As Jasmine used an ultrasound on my knee, I was relieved I hadnt done real damage to my hamstring, but winced at my new sore muscle. I felt like I was not progressing as quickly as I had imagined and I was completely frustrated.
On top of all of this, I am brutally out of shape. I have been diligent about sticking with my exercises, but the bike for 15 minutes on low resistance is just not keeping me at that level I was at once upon a time. I actually broke a sweat today which was a big deal because I snuck in a couple of reps on the TRX for my arms. I am breathing hard walking up the stairs and feel like I am losing muscle mass by the hour. I just want to run, hike, bike! But instead I am stuck inside, doing the few exercises that are helping me bend my knee at a normal angle. GRRRR.
Conclusion: I have had a rough week. As I have plugged away at Nicole’s puzzle, I have realized how symbolic it is to what I was going through. Basically I was given a mess and told to put the pieces back together. Sometimes, in life, we are given a big box of pieces and other times they are small and easy to put back together. Often times they look much easier than they actually are, and you don’t even realize it until you begin to put the pieces together. Sometimes its a daunting task and you cannot envision ever being able to figure it out. But you try one piece after the other. Some don’t work the first time and you have to try the piece somewhere else. But the puzzle can always be put together as long as the pieces are all there. My puzzle has been difficult this week, I keep trying to put the pieces in places they don’t belong. The final product feels so far away and the challenge something I don’t even want to do. I just want to be at the end and better and looking at the final product with pride. But then it wouldn’t be as rewarding would it? If the puzzle was easy, I would never really feel what it’s like to overcome a challenge, the pride in accomplishment of overcoming a major setback. Life is filled with little puzzles, little challenges that seem daunting and tough to complete. But no one has ever created a puzzle that can’t be solved. So I will just keep plugging away. And hopefully one day, appreciate and feel proud of the final product, knowing that I built something from the ground up when it was just a mess to start with.
And then, when it’s done, I will move on to the next puzzle.
Thanks for the puzzle Nicole. And for all of the flattering pictures of me.
Update: Derrick Rose was in Alabama today consulting Dr. James Andrews as he continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired ACL, according to sources familiar with the situation. The rehabilitation is going well and Rose made the trip just to have the renowned surgeon, who's worked on many athletes, take a look at his knee.
Soccer & Running can always make me feel better. Nothing can stop me from playing with everything I have from the first whistle to the last or the start line to the finish <3 I have so much to show & I can’t let anything stop me; not even this injury.. Im excited to get going again, hopefully I’ll be ready soon.
Doctor cleared me to return to sports in 8 weeks, including MMA.
I’m so relieved that I really just want to sob in my room.
But I’m with my parents so that’s not going to happen.
So yeah. The only downside is that they discovered it wasn’t as much a torn ACL as it was just super bad inflammation due to the weird setup of my joints. So it’ll be a constant problem if not handled right.
La de da all I care to hear is how I get to return to sports.
Hi, my name is Hannah and I made this blog to educate people on what an ACL injury can do to a sports career, and talk about past experiences with my own ACL injury. I will be providing info about the injury itself (where it’s located, purpose, ect.) and will also be answering messages and talking to people about their own ACL injuries. This may sound like a really stupid blog, but I thought of it in the heat of the moment, and I as a teen in highschool, know how frustrating it is to have an ACL injury. Sometimes I get down on myself, frustrated, and sad about wearing my brace and all the set backs I have about returning to my high schools sports (soccer, track, lacrosse). This blog is set up to not only educate, talk, and motivate you all about the ACL injury, but to motivate me to get back into the swing of things and hopefully make my high school varsity team! Leave a message if you want to talk/submit any information you may find useful for this blog. As for now, I need to edit the theme and get everything all set to make the blog at it’s finest. Thanks!
Today, I finally got to see a specialist to check up on my injured left knee. He thinks my acl is possibly torn and minor degree injury on mcl.
Having never injured myself other than falling from the slide when I was 6, I have always overlooked the possibilities of getting injuries from sports.
When others told me to stretch before and to be careful when playing soccer, I nodded my head but never really took their advises to my heart. I rarely stretched before playing soccer. Never really thought I would ever get major injuries…
Now I’m sitting here, debating whether to save couple thousand bucks or to get an MRI done and get Physical therapy or possibly get a surgery.
As much as I loved playing soccer, it hurts as much not being able to play
I miss all that sweating and feeling dogged tired afterwards.
I want to play again. I want to prove everyone wrong. That I can come back stronger then ever. I’m not going to let this injury get the best of me. I’m almost there and all the pain and sore muscles and swollen knees and pain in my knees that I get I know I am closer to my dreams of playing college softball. I will overcome this injury. ACL I will defeat you. I’m not going to quit this easy. I just need to remember why I started playing.
My knee feels better. In a slow, “I’m trying to be as patient as possible” type of way. Its been just about 5 weeks since surgery which means I am a little over 1/6 of the way through the rehab process. (Thanks to Dr. Pevny for pointing that out last week!) It’s getting easier. I don’t have to wear the brace anymore (except for in crowded places and honestly in that case, I should just leave before I have a panic attack anyways). It doesn’t take five minutes to get it going normally on the bike, down to about a minute. I don’t wake up in too much pain although my knee does still get stiff after long periods of sitting or standing or laying. Chris said that around week 8 is when people start to get hurt. You begin to feel great, like yourself again, you are riding the bike normally, doing all of the exercises and feeling ready to take that next step. And then you push it.
I know the feeling. I feel like pushing it every day. With the nice weather, I just want to run, hike and bike outside. I can’t do any of that and I’m impatient. You know how many times I have heard someone say “time heals all wounds?” This is my biggest obstacle. The hardest thing for me to wrap my head around: the idea of time. Time is something I cannot overcome. I cannot wake up tomorrow and it’s July and I am hiking up the mountain on a beautiful day. So instead of trying to overcome, I have instead tried to deal in the best way possible. A lesson in patience. Something my mom has been trying to teach me since I was probably 3 years old. I’ve never been good at it. I like instant gratification. I like to be able to snap my fingers and make things happen. Sometimes it’s a good thing because I like to get things done. Other times it’s a bad thing. Because I rush and sometimes can be sloppy, not think things through. It happens in work and in my personal life. This time, when it comes to my knee, something that is my livelihood in health and wellness, I have to be patient. I have to…because its only been 1/6th of the way through and I cannot imagine going through this all over again.
My rehab at The Most Awesomest Physical Therapy on the Planet consists now of manual therapy with Amber followed by a series of exercises, including the bike for about 25 minutes, squats and balance board followed by quad stimulation exercises (my quad control is getting much better), ultra sound (basically a method of healing that increases tissue relaxation, local blood flow and scar tissue breakdown) and e-stim and ice. All in all, a rehab session can take up to 2 hours. I am so lucky to have it right here at work. I can’t imagine trying to work around that at a different job. It’s a full time job in itself! The manual therapy is what I like the most. It’s like a deep tissue massage- hurts while you’re in it, feels great when it’s over. Amber is the best and always pushes just enough but stops when it’s too much pain. The exercises have progressed—I can put a lot of weight on my knee now during squats, lunges and quad exercises. The bike feels like I’m actually riding a bike normally and not some deformed attempt at trying to get my knee around, wincing the entire time. Best part? My knee almost LOOKS like a knee! It’s scarred and still swollen in some places, but every day it begins to look more like what it once did before this mess.
There is a quote that says, ““Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.” I am paying attention to my body and when is too much. Paying attention to what the experts say and what everyone who thinks they are an expert have to say. I am paying attention to first hand accounts and what set someone else back in my position. I am learning patience that time will heal. It better, because I can’t overcome it so I have no choice.
"When you deceive nature, your body will always pay the price."
This article from L’Equipe take a look into Memphis Depay’s ACL injury recovery. Since this injury is a common in women’s football so I think you can know more about the recovery of this severe injury. In more specific notes, Depay is Ada Hegerberg’s colleague in Lyon so maybe this can give us a look into Lyon’s medical team.
“The article has quite a lot of medical terminology and concepts that I am not sure if I have translated it correctly, I hope to receive corrected contributions from knowledgeable people.” (This is what a person who translate the article say).
Here is the link to the article, keep in my that L’Equipe require payment to read its article.
Feet: If you have either flat feet or high arches, they are both risk factors for ACL injury, as flat feet can collapse inward, making your knees cave in when you land from a jump and high arches make your ankles more rigid, and they might not flex enough when you jump, putting more pressure on your knees.
Flexibility: The more flexible you are, the more at risk you are for an ACL injury, as your muscles have to work harder to keep your body in alignment. (A test to see if you’re flexible enough to be at risk for an ACL injury is to bend your wrist back and try to touch your thumb to your forearm)
Quads and Glutes: If you hop up and down, are your quads the muscles doing most of the work? If so, you need to work on engaging your glutes as your prime mover.
Landing: If your knees cave in when you jump off a box, this is a big red flag. Your knees should bend straight out in front of you when you land.
Glute strength: Strong glutes and pelvis stability are essential for healthy knees. To test if you have sufficient glute strength, stand on the edge of a step and dangle one foot off the side. If your pelvis dips, you need to work on your glute strength.
Core Strength: Tight backs, weak cores, and poor trunk stability are directly related to higher ACL risk. To test if you have one of the above, lie on your back and bend your knees 90 degrees. Contract your abs and try to pull your knees to your chest. If you can’t do that, you may be at risk for an ACL injury.
Legs: Test if you have too much leg dominance by drawing a box on the floor and hop side-to-side as much as you can with your right leg. Do the same with your left leg. The results should be within 10 percent of each other. If not, you have too much leg dominance.
Squat Form: Hold a broomstick directly overhead and squat so that your hips fall below knee level. If your heels don’t stay firmly planted on the floor, and the stick directly overhead, you might be at risk for an ACL injury.
This data was collected through a study done by Laura Ramus, PT, ATC, and founder of girlscanjump.com. She examined about 1000 athletes to come up with this eight-point screen. This screen is intended for girls going into sport, but anyone can use it.
This data was retrieved from Roar: How to match your food and fitness to your female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life by Stacy T. Sims, PhD
The advent of kids playing sports and often time one sport all year round has become, in a word, dangerous. When I was a kid, I played soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring and summer. I would train in the off-season for both sports, mainly consisting of weight training and some cardiovascular fitness. As Dr. Robert Marx from the Hospital for Special Surgery aptly puts, young athletes today are no longer benefiting from the seasonal break and instead are expected to practice their sport year-round. As Dr. Marx states, these are driven by a joy and desire to excel at his/her sport, but over time we are seeing the risks may start to outshine the benefits.
Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most devastating and potentially functionally debilitating to the athlete’s knee. The ligament is intra-articular (inside the joint) and plays a significant role in maintaining stability to the knee with quick stops, change of direction or rotational movements. The frequency of ACL tears has become an epidemic in the young athlete. Approximately 200,000 ACL injuries occur annually in the United States, leading to nearly 100,000 ACL reconstruction surgeries. Although the surgical approaches are more advanced compared to a decade ago and have excellent outcomes, there still is a tendency for earlier arthritic changes in the surgically repaired knee.
The female athlete requires special consideration as the vast majority of ACL injuries occur without contact. Researchers have reported that female college basketball players were eight times more likely to injure the ACL than their male counterparts. Others have reported that female soccer players were six times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than male soccer players. There are similar data for other sports such as volleyball and gymnastics. Females have some unique anatomical features that may predispose them to injury, including increased genu valgum (knock-knee alignment), a poor hamsting-quadricep strength ratio, running and landing on a more extended knee, quadriceps-dominant knee posture, and hip/core weakness. It has been hypothesized that hormonal changes associated with the female menstrual cycle may also play a role due to the release of relaxin hormone that induces added laxity to the body’s ligamentous tissues.
As a physical therapist in NYC, I treat these athletes postoperatively after their reconstruction has been completed. Current rehabilitation programs following ACL reconstruction are more aggressive than those utilized in the 1980s. Current programs emphasize full passive knee extension, immediate partial weight-bearing, and functional exercise. The rehabilitation program will be modified based on the type of reconstruction whether the patient had a reconstruction using their patellar tendon verses hamstring. The main differences between a normal and accelerated program are the rate of progression through the phases of rehabilitation and the recovery time prior to resuming running and athletic endeavors. Even with the accelerated program it may still take six months for the athlete to begin premorbid athletic activities, and in some cases nine months to a year. It is also essential to train the uninvolved side during the course of the patients’ rehabilitation, as there is a 15 percent occurrence once the patient has an ACL tear of tearing the other side upon returning to play.
The common mechanism of non-contact ACL injuries is a valgus stress with rotation at the knee, which put simply means the knee is bowing inward on landing or cutting instead of being aligned properly. This valgus load can often be associated with a rotational stress at the knee, thus, it is vital for the female athlete to learn through neuromuscular training exercises to control this valgus moment. Physical therapist Tim Hewitt was one of the first to study the effect of neuromuscular training on the incidence of knee injury in the female athlete back in 1999. His hallmark study has led to more research and helped lead the way for more preventative exercises to hopefully help decrease the ACL epidemic especially in the female athlete.
Those patients with diagnoses related to their lower extremities, whether they be a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, receive an integrated preventative programs as appropriate for their specific goals. Before assessment of the knee, however, we also look at strength of the hip and the foot alignment of the patient. Someone with a flat or pronated foot may be more predisposed to knee issues due to the affect it has on rotating the tibia bone internally potentially increasing the valgus moment above. In some cases arch supports or custom-made orthotics may be prescribed. Some overlapping components are the following: working on a strong core, including exercises to build the abdominals, gluteals and abductors as well as hip external rotator group. These muscle groups are essential in controlling the valgus loads that can induce the ACL injury. In addition, education on optimal knee alignment that emphasize weight-bearing control to maintain the knee over the second toe is critical. Exercises designed to control this movement are: front/lateral step downs (single leg squat), squat, and lunge that the knee stays even with the second toe as one bends the knee. Balance and perturbation training is critical to progress again with alignment always in mind to control the valgus moment while trying to challenge the athlete/patient with dynamic stability drills. These drills can be either on the floor balancing on one leg, to catching a ball and standing on an uneven balance board from different angles for difficulty.
Once the female athlete demonstrates good neuromuscular control and strength of the aforementioned exercises, then she can progress to more sport-specific tasks emphasizing proper plyometric drills with a flexed knee and landing again with proper alignment. This can be initiated on our pilates reformer and gradually increased with spring resistance and then progressing to an upright position and land with body weight, such as during a jump squat exercise. It is essential towork on the eccentric or lengthening phase of contraction in a functional manner (weight-bearing) with the female athlete to help control the adduction and internal rotation (pulling inward) forces on the thigh/knee.
These neuromuscular exercise concepts of controlling malalignment with cutting, landing and functional weight-bearing training are crucial to helping the athlete better protect themselves on the field. Better dynamic stability via training in the pre-season will hopefully decrease the amount of ACL injuries over the next season. The key is to make certain the athlete is training properly and aware of landing correctly. If they are not landing properly while exercising, they will be feeding into the problem and possibly inviting ACL issues.
I had post surgery depression after having surgery for my acl, it sucked. I feel like I’m always depressed now but I’m glad there’s only 13 days till I can play soccer again. <3 It has been the longest recovery & I’m blessed to know that God gave me the strength to go through this long journey. He gave me hope & dedication. I’ve kinda been feeling empty for the past 11 months, 13 days, 9 hours, 14 minutes & 44 seconds. Soccer means everything to me, ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of playing for the Us Womens National Soccer Team. I’m hoping that one day my dream will come true. I’m hoping that one day I will get to meet all my favorite idols like Ali, Krieger, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney, Leroux, Rachel Buehler & Tobin Heath. I hope & pray to God that one day a scout will look at me & give me a chance to make my dreams come reality. I’m ready to go back out on the soccer field & give it all I have, play my heart out & not be scared to get injured again, I cannot let this hold me back.
So since getting hurt I had sooo many questions but could never find the answers to. I’ll keep you updated here as to my progression for those of you who are just curious or unfortunately are going through the same thing. And so far…. Already so much more mental than physical pain!
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I’ve never actually wrote about my injury… My plans before it happened, how it happened, my whole rehab experience, and how I am now (5 months post op). I don’t think anyone can understand how I feel while writing this essay… My keyboard is wet.
Guess who injured her ACL like some kind of pro athlete? We’re supposed to limit her playing, running, and jumping for THREE WEEKS while it heals. That includes jumping onto the furniture. Like she did a few minutes ago before I took this. Brat. It’s going to be a long three weeks.
Sometimes my ACL injury still screws with my mind & I just forgo all the progress & think about what I can’t do & where I would be (like California - with my team, for example) if I didn’t tear it & it’s just awful. It makes me sick.
It’s been 4 years since April 2011 and my acl tear, and 3 years since May 2012 and my acl reconstruction.
And lately, problems have been coming up. On my left side (left knee was the injured one) I’ve been experiencing random hip pain, and today it has moved up into my lower back, ugh.
I feel like I need to get back into alignment!
Soccer tourney coming up soon so it is definitely time to get back into a healthy shape and balance.
Gentle strengthening and rebalancing at the gym are the goals for this week, wish me luck!
OK, yeah, so I pretty much totally forgot about this blog since January, so there’ll be a lot here. <lol>
It’s now been a year & 22 days since surgery. The gym has been kinda rough…a busy schedule has kept me from going anywhere close to as regularly as I’d like, and leg night has been an even bigger bitch than before the injury. No trouble from the ACL itself, or movements that involve it…the problem is pain on the front of the knee from the patella tendon where the donor tissue came from. Deep bends (lunges, squats, etc) have proven to be kinda painful. C'est la vie I guess.
I just had my LAST visit with my ortho last week…he poked & pulled & pronounced me 100% recovered. Asked him about the pain at the front of the knee, he said it was pretty normal and nothing to be worried about. Said that it’d probably always be a sore spot (UGH) but that it would improve somewhat with time. Most importantly, he said that now, at post-one-year, I am at no more risk of re-injuring the ACL in that leg than if it had never happened. He was a bit disappointed that my left (injured) leg hasn’t entirely caught back up to the right in size & muscle tone (that whole gym attendance thing biting me in the ass…) but didn’t really consider it a reason for concern. End result: I’m now formally released from his care unless I have more problems. :-)
Most important: RUGBY! Summer practice started early July (due to Bingham being scheduled for Labor Day wknd) and quite honestly, was a bitch. The super-brace was a complete pain in the ass, hampered my movement, and I think made me so overly-conscious of the knee that I erred way to far on the side of caution with pretty much everything. I had almost no actual trouble with the knee, but worried about it constantly.
Bingham, on the other hand, went better than I’d hoped. Though my conditioning was probably worse than at any point since I started playing rugby, and despite HORRID pitch conditions (a week or more of constant rain in Sydney produced pitches that were literally inches deep in mud), I had pretty much zilch in the way of knee issues, other than the aforementioned patella tendon pain. I didn’t play to what I would’ve considered my preferred standard, but given the circumstances + conditions, I was at least satisfied. Perhaps more important (long-term, anyway), I’m now a lot more confident now as far as trusting that I’m not going to spontaneously re-injure myself and don’t need to hold back.
So post-Bingham, practice has been far more fun. I’ve completely dispensed with the super-brace (just a good neoprene one) and find myself not really worrying about the knee too much. It’s still pretty damn tender if I hit the ground left-knee-first, and doing a lot of consecutive lineouts (like last night) tend to make it pretty achy, but other than that, no worries. First Grizzlies match in almost a year & a half is tomorrow, and I’m honestly more concerned about moving from flank to 8 than I am about the knee.
I really can’t wait to wake up in the morning & yell that SATURDAY’S A RUGBY DAY! and not mean the sidelines!
Little bit better today. Still using a crutch for stability but I can hobble to the bathroom without it. So that’s something. I lurch along like Igor but at least I can put a bit of weight on my damn knee again. Stupid knee.
Not really but super glad I have a pair. Today I re-injured my knee. ACL pain is horrendous. Having given birth before, I’d say the pain is right up there with it - ‘cause it lasts longer. Stupid ACL - the original injury was 18 years ago and, at the time, I WAS told it never actually heals. It flares up at LEAST once a year but every few years it rears its ugly head with a vengeance (and a very, VERY loud “POP”). I didn’t even do anything weird to make it happen this time. Just walking around like a normal person when my knee decides to go “oh wait! Imma fuck up your life and give you excruciating pain for, oh say, the next week or two”. Of course, I didn’t bother going to emerg - don’t wanna spend hours there for doctors to tell me how to treat it (I already fucking know, thanks). However, I AM getting to a point where I know that I’m probably gonna have to suck it up and see a specialist (and possibly have surgery - horror of horrors!). The older I get (I’m almost 37!) the worse this fucker gets when it pops. I’m self-medicating - advil for swelling/inflammation, tequila to make me not give a shit. Damnit. Well, at least I’m Canadian and health care is free!
Hey y'all! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday cause I sure did:)! Happy new years, hoping this new year will bring everyone health wealth and prosperity! I have very exciting news! Today I played my first game in 8 months! It felt so good to get back on the field or gym floor because it’s was futsal and there is about 6 or seven inches of snow on the ground in good ol New York ! Anyways I played goal which now that I think about it was a crazy idea but I did great. The other team was very good so the score dose not reflect how we played, we lost 11-5 but I played great, it would have been 22-5 if I wasn’t playing lol. My knees took a beating though with the diving agility jumping and squatting! I feel fine just sore and tiered, still working on regaining stamina ! I’m going to ice them all day and rest now. Things have been going pretty swell for me so far mentally and physically. Making my way back to regaining all the confidence I had from soccer and just being content with the situation! Hope y'all are doing well! Just remember always keep moving forward. It gets better!
Hey everyone! I am about 5 months post acl op and about 5 weeks post scar tissue removal op . Today was a pretty good day, the weather was beautiful and it was very relaxing. Yesterday on the other hand not so much. It was rainy and icky out and my knee definitely felt it. So i have began to run a little, my stamina is a little on the lacking side but i will work through it! I’ve been doing a lot of strength train at pt; planks, lunges, agility, leg press and much more. My knee felt alright for the first week but then i may have over done it and my knee is killing me. I jut need to scale down a little and listen to my body! that is key, listen! Cause its better to sit out for one day, hour or a set and rest than be out for much longer. My knee becoming straight is getting easier but just 2 messily degrees away and bending still hurts but not as much. Other than that everything is going well. Going on college visits tomorrow! So things are getting better and i will always keep moving forward!
Ok soo when you walk, you kick out your legs a little vs running where you don’t extend your legs all the way. So I find walking (fast) harder than running because it hurts every time I extend my left leg. Is this gonna go way eventually? Do I just have to practice walking fast or something for it to go away?