Opinion & Review

ACL Tears Twice in Two Years Excruciating Experience

Freshman and sophomore years of high school, I experienced the worst injury that an athlete could ever think of.

The injuries were: two torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments, two torn Lateral Meniscus, one torn Medical Collateral Ligament, and one Medial Meniscus tear.

Going into the first game of junior varsity football my freshman year of high school, the opponent was the McDonough Eagles. The position I was playing at the moment was running back. About midway through the game, I received an injury that affects the rest of my life.

Before I knew it, I could not walk because of so much pain I was in. When this tear happened, I was in shock.

According to Sarah Lewis, a writer for healthgrades.com, an Anterior Cruciate Ligament surgery can cost up to $11,500. By no means could my family pull out that much money out of nowhere, but fortunately, I was able to get surgery to correct the tear.

After I got the surgery, I experienced the most pain in my entire life. For the next two weeks, I could not walk correctly. Unfortunately, I was bed ridden.

According to Benjamin Wedro in an article on emedicinehealth.com, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament is the most common knee ligament that gets injured.

After a very long six months of recovery with the best physical trainer in the world, I was able to continue my dream of going to college for football. Before I knew it, sophomore year kicked off and meant football season was in full swing.

On October 31st, 2013, is when I suffered my second ACL tear. The opponent for this game was the Crusaders of St.Pauls.

Once I went down again, about 100 million things were racing through my mind. I never thought that the same injury would happen again. I could not imagine what was going through my mother’s mind when I went down again.

The first torn ACL was in my left knee; my second tear was in my right knee.

I repeated the same process again from the year before, such as going to psychical therapy three times a week and at out of sports for another year.

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