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seclark
09-12-2011, 04:26 PM
yours, not someone elses.

when did it happen?

how'd you do it?

did you know what you'd done when it first happened?

did you have it repaired?

how long til you were "as good as new"?

just curious...thanks,
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CoMoChief
09-12-2011, 04:27 PM
i was jerkin' off when i did it

(long story)

DeezNutz
09-12-2011, 04:27 PM
Never anyone with those initials.

lcarus
09-12-2011, 04:28 PM
yours, not someone elses.

when did it happen?

how'd you do it?


I've blown my own before. Lots of yoga practice.

lcarus
09-12-2011, 04:29 PM
LMAO apparently everyone else had the same idea with this one. LOL

BWillie
09-12-2011, 04:29 PM
Doin' two chicks at the same time, that's how.

seclark
09-12-2011, 04:30 PM
LMAO apparently everyone else had the same idea with this one. LOL

yeah, buncha funny assholes.
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pr_capone
09-12-2011, 04:32 PM
Knew it happened when I heard a loud pop. Did it twice. Once playing football, the other in the Army during PT.

Partially torn. Never had surgery, just a lot of PT. Knee was never the same.

LiveSteam
09-12-2011, 04:32 PM
I have a pinched nerve in my back SUM-BITCH has been really bothering me to.

lcarus
09-12-2011, 04:32 PM
yeah, buncha funny assholes.
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I'm tryin to find as much humor as I can given the circumstances over the last 24-48 hours. You can understand.

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09-12-2011, 04:35 PM
I had a close friend tears his several years ago. He had it repaired, rehabbed a year and promptly tore the other one. Repaired that one and tore the one he had originally rehabbed. He didn't get the surgery the third time.

keg in kc
09-12-2011, 04:40 PM
20+ years ago playing a summer league basketball game. A guy hit me high, a guy hit me low, my knee snapped. Which is generally how it happens in my experience - it's a contact injury although you will occasionally see a guy plant his foot wrong and go down. The injury didn't seem quite as commonplace then as it has the last decade or so, so I didn't know what it was, and it was actually a while before it was correctly diagnosed and surgery was scheduled. I played little league games on my 'trick' knee, had it go out a couple of times kicking off the side of a pool, but I kept doing everything. Which is probably how it ended up completely destroyed by the time of surgery. Treatment and rehab has changed a lot. If I remember my procedure correctly (and I may not, it's been a long time and I was 15 at the time...) they took a tendon from my lower leg and turned it into a new ACL by screwing it into bones. I had to rehab for a year, and I never really felt "as good as new" back in those days. Never really had confidence in my joint, and I was really ****ed in the head from then on (I'd been angling towards a college scholarship to pitch prior to the injury, and still could have had one after).

Nowadays, I don't even think about it. I ran for 30 minutes on it earlier today, bike 3 or 4 times a week, it's doesn't bother me any more than my other knee. No residual soreness or swelling or anything like that. Which makes me think my doctor back then (the sports surgeon at WVU) probably did a good job...

(knock on wood hoping I didn't just jinx myself)

Count Alex's Wins
09-12-2011, 04:40 PM
Just today. I was walking down the street, going to the store, minding my own business when Stevie Johnson came out of NOWHERE and went for my knee.

Laid there for a minute and felt OK, so I got up and went in the store. Planted and tried to turn down an aisle and collapsed in a heap.

HemiEd
09-12-2011, 04:42 PM
I didn't blow out an ACL, but yesterday one the guys in my foursome knocked a birdhouse out of a tree. It looked like it got blown out. :D

suzzer99
09-12-2011, 04:43 PM
What happened 100 years ago when someone tore an ACL? Could they ever walk again?

Fritz88
09-12-2011, 04:44 PM
Knew it happened when I heard a loud pop. Did it twice. Once playing football, the other in the Army during PT.

Partially torn. Never had surgery, just a lot of PT. Knee was never the same.

My Cartilage is partially torn. I have been doing a lot of PT. I can feel that my knee may not be the same again.

Bwana
09-12-2011, 04:44 PM
Just today. I was walking down the street, going to the store, minding my own business when Stevie Johnson came out of NOWHERE and went for my knee.

Laid there for a minute and felt OK, so I got up and went in the store. Planted and tried to turn down an aisle and collapsed in a heap.

Oh shit LMAO

Fritz88
09-12-2011, 04:44 PM
What happened 100 years ago when someone tore an ACL? Could they ever walk again?

You can still walk but if it's fully torn, your knee will be uncontrollable.

DomCasual
09-12-2011, 04:48 PM
I've completely torn one of mine twice.

For me, it wasn't a big deal. It didn't hurt that much, for one thing. I just didn't have stability in it. The surgeries weren't all that bad, either - nor were the rehabs. The first time was a gradual thing - I couldn't point to the time it actually happened. The second time was stupid. I was running the bases in softball, of all things, and I felt it pop. Again, it didn't hurt all that much, comparatively speaking. I tore my rotator cuff, and THAT hurt.

There are obviously big differences, though.

1) I am not an elite athlete. I rehabbed for six months, took it easy for another six, and can do the stuff I did before.

2) I had mine replaced, both times, with a cadaver graft. I'm guessing they'd use a graft from an athlete's body - usually, from their patellar tendon. That takes a little longer to rehab, because there are now two injured spots. It's also supposed to come back stronger with your own graft.

I really think he should come back close to what he was before. The biggest problem, I think, is what seems to be a greater chance of re-injuring it. But it's not like it was fifteen years ago, when it was largely considered career-ending.

L.A. Chieffan
09-12-2011, 04:51 PM
Just today. I was walking down the street, going to the store, minding my own business when Stevie Johnson came out of NOWHERE and went for my knee.

Laid there for a minute and felt OK, so I got up and went in the store. Planted and tried to turn down an aisle and collapsed in a heap.

that sucks about you planting in the store, but why even mention the whole stevie johnson part?

Rain Man
09-12-2011, 04:55 PM
What happened 100 years ago when someone tore an ACL? Could they ever walk again?

They could walk, but they were never the same at rolling a hoop with a stick or riding a bicycle with a 6-ft front wheel.

Good question, though. I often wonder about that stuff. If you herniated a disc in your back, were you just crippled and in pain the rest of your life? It seems like that's the only option.

Third Eye
09-12-2011, 04:56 PM
Blew an ACL the summer I was 15 at the Larry Holly basketball camp at William Jewell. Knew something was wrong right away. Audible pop followed by intense pain. Had reconstructive surgery performed by Chris Barnthouse, who was (may still be, don't know) a Chiefs doctor. After months of intense rehab at Baptist Medical Center with some Chiefs practice squad members, which was pretty cool as 15 yr old, I was finally cleared to return to sports in time for track season, which started around late February. I think my surgery was in July, so roughly 7 months before I was good to go.

ChiTown
09-12-2011, 05:01 PM
when did it happen? 5 years ago

how'd you do it? playing basketball

did you know what you'd done when it first happened? Unfortunately, yes

did you have it repaired? Yes

how long til you were "as good as new"? I was 40 when it happened, so, the thought of being "new" again has never occured to me:D

seclark
09-12-2011, 06:23 PM
when did it happen?
late 80's

how'd you do it?
chasing down a fly ball. running straight forward.

did you know what you'd done when it first happened?
knew it was fucked up. it popped and i dropped.

did you have it repaired?
scoped the next day. doc says therapy for awhile, i'd be good as new.
couldn't walk across the yard w/o it buckling on me. went to a specialist in como, and they did the acl replacement.

how long til you were "as good as new"?
hard to say. imo, i was ready the next year, but fuckin coach never let me off the pine after that.

DomerNKC
09-12-2011, 07:55 PM
when did it happen?
1991
how'd you do it?
Playing indoor soccer
did you know what you'd done when it first happened?
i was kicking a ball when an opponent kicked the ball the other way. My foot and the ball went one way, my leg and knee went the other way. Knew it immediately.
did you have it repaired?
Got it repaired a couple of years later. They took part of my patellar tendon to make me a new acl.

how long til you were "as good as new"?
The repair has held up for 18 years now, but it has never been the same.

KC Tattoo
09-12-2011, 08:01 PM
I have a pinched nerve in my back SUM-BITCH has been really bothering me to.

Hurts don't it. I had that last year with a bone crushing a nerve in my low lumbar. MUTHER FUCKING GOD it hurt like a bitch for 8 months strait & the doctor kept making me get epadurals that did absolutely no good at all. Finally had surgery Dec 17 of last year & it made a tremendous relief for me yet still have pain, not as bad. I got off of loratabs back in may i think.

I have to be extra careful in every thing I doo, even sneezing can send me over the edge.

Renegade
09-12-2011, 08:08 PM
Never an ACL but I saw an Achilles tendon tear once playing softball. I was rounding 2nd and the runner in front of me just collapsed. I watched the entire tendon roll up his calf like a window shade. Pretty gross.

GloryDayz
09-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Yes.

Did it catching.. Actually, trying to throw somebody out stealing 2nd.

Oh, I know it. A pop that I won't ever forget...

No, the military wasn't really doing that back then. Their treatment was to remove floating parts, shave it back, and hit the gym and work the living HELL out of the hamstrings... Nice!!!

8-10 months after working the hamstrings like there was not tomorrow, it was never really a problem again... I wish back then the technology they have today!! But I coach wrestling and it still has a tendancy to "pop out" every so often. But it pops right back in, hurts for a day or nine, then it's all good again... It's life!!

TrebMaxx
09-12-2011, 08:17 PM
As I get older sometimes I think I have.

Blick
09-12-2011, 08:28 PM
Mine got completely obliterated a few years ago when I was playing intramural basketball at K-State. Some guy undercut me from the side and just hit my knee at the perfect point. There was a loud pop, and I went down in tremendous pain. I knew it was bad because I couldn't walk. The training staff at the rec said it was one of the worst ACL tears they had seen.

Unlike elite pro athletes, who can usually have surgery right away, I had to wait for my swelling to go down and some other things to happen. I got hurt in February and didn't have surgery until June or July, I can't remember. I did a hamstring graft to replace my ACL.

PT was easy. But, then I had an infection that caused one of the plastic screws in my knee to float up to the surface of my skin and poke through my incision. That was weird. So, I had to have another surgery to clean that mess up.

I'm not sure what the timetable was after that, but it was a while before I felt comfortable running full speed and doing things that I did before.

I'm still not as fast or explosive as I was before, which kinda sucks, but luckily I've avoided re-injuring it.

It's a long process that takes a toll on you mentally and physically, especially if you're an active person.

Hog Farmer
09-12-2011, 08:40 PM
I've torn mine lots of times and never missed a days work. these millionare players are just playing the system.

hometeam
09-12-2011, 08:45 PM
I havent torn my ACL, only my MCL. I was playing hacky sack and tore it with a particularly violent toe pop. Never had surgery, 12 years later it still bothers me in pain and every once in a while in letting my knee give out.

crazycoffey
09-12-2011, 08:49 PM
MCL three weeks ago, hyper-extended my knee. no surgery and just getting back to normal now

58-4ever
09-12-2011, 08:59 PM
I havent torn my ACL, only my MCL. I was playing hacky sack and tore it with a particularly violent toe pop. Never had surgery, 12 years later it still bothers me in pain and every once in a while in letting my knee give out.

Hacky sack? Wow, That's a lame torn ACL story.

Braincase
09-12-2011, 09:03 PM
when did it happen? Fall, 1982

how'd you do it? Left knee, Clipped playing football, sophomore year of college

did you know what you'd done when it first happened? Yeah, it popped, and everybody around heard it go.

did you have it repaired? Had surgery in Wichita just before Thanksgiving.

how long til you were "as good as new"? Never. Full zipper, as the arthroscopic weren't in common practice yet.

when did it happen? Right knee. Two separate injuries in 1989.

how'd you do it? Initially, got shoved while shooting a jumper playing rec league basketball. Got a brace, resumed playing basketball. Playing ball at the Y, pivoted hard to put a rebound back up, full body turned, right foot didn't, destroyed my right knee, ACL (already partially torn + meniscus)

did you know what you'd done when it first happened? Another guy I played with puked then pointed at the way my right foot was flopped the wrong way.

did you have it repaired? Yep

how long til you were "as good as new"? Never.

milkman
09-12-2011, 09:44 PM
Back in '97, my truck's refrigeration was jacked up and I had to run it below freezing to keep it cold.

Defrost cycle had a tube that wa supposed to run the water outside the truck, but it essentially just poured onto the deck inside.

Off loading at the end of the day, slipped on the ice that had formed, fell off the back of my truck, caught my foot in the door catch on the deck, and completely turn my leg around.

Tore my ACL in two places, and also tore my MCL.

At the time, however, I didn't know it.

Didn't hear a pop, and just dealt with the pain as I finished off loading.

Settled out my route, drove home and just kicked back and took some Aleve.

Woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain, and my knee had ballooned to about the size of a beach ball.

Next morning, I went to urgent care, the doctor said it was sprained, gave me some pain meds, and told me to go back to work after the weekend.

I worked on that for 3 months with my knee bent at about 30-35 degrees and unable to straighten it.

Finally got an MRI and went to an orthopedic surgeon, who didn't even look at the MRI and told me that the ACL was torn.

But after looking at the MRI, he also saw the MCL tear, and told me before he could repair the ACL, I would have to go to rehab to get my knee straightened and the scar tissue around my MCL broken up.

After about 3 weeks of painful work with the physical therapist, I finally went in for knee recontruction.

After 9 months of more painful rehab, I went back to work.

I still suffer some pain, but mostly associated with the MCL.

Hog Farmer
09-13-2011, 03:44 AM
Back in '97, my truck's refrigeration was jacked up and I had to run it below freezing to keep it cold.

Defrost cycle had a tube that wa supposed to run the water outside the truck, but it essentially just poured onto the deck inside.

Off loading at the end of the day, slipped on the ice that had formed, fell off the back of my truck, caught my foot in the door catch on the deck, and completely turn my leg around.

Tore my ACL in two places, and also tore my MCL.

At the time, however, I didn't know it.

Didn't hear a pop, and just dealt with the pain as I finished off loading.

Settled out my route, drove home and just kicked back and took some Aleve.

Woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain, and my knee had ballooned to about the size of a beach ball.

Next morning, I went to urgent care, the doctor said it was sprained, gave me some pain meds, and told me to go back to work after the weekend.

I worked on that for 3 months with my knee bent at about 30-35 degrees and unable to straighten it.

Finally got an MRI and went to an orthopedic surgeon, who didn't even look at the MRI and told me that the ACL was torn.

But after looking at the MRI, he also saw the MCL tear, and told me before he could repair the ACL, I would have to go to rehab to get my knee straightened and the scar tissue around my MCL broken up.

After about 3 weeks of painful work with the physical therapist, I finally went in for knee recontruction.

After 9 months of more painful rehab, I went back to work.

I still suffer some pain, but mostly associated with the MCL.


Damn ! No wonder you're so mean.

Smed1065
09-13-2011, 04:03 AM
Just today. I was walking down the street, going to the store, minding my own business when Stevie Johnson came out of NOWHERE and went for my knee.

Laid there for a minute and felt OK, so I got up and went in the store. Planted and tried to turn down an aisle and collapsed in a heap.

GDI.

Now I have to pay him.

Aspengc8
09-13-2011, 07:37 AM
when did it happen?
September 2009, fully torn ACL, partially torn MCL

how'd you do it?
Playing minor league football. Our CB got owned by their WR, and he threw him into my knee I was moving laterally after the play (sweep).

did you know what you'd done when it first happened?
Yes, loud audible pop. It happens so fast and you so full of adrenaline when it happens that the "pain" doesnt set in right away. You just know your f*cked.

did you have it repaired?
Patella tendon graft (middle third of patella tendon in front of knee) full reconstruction for the ACL, scraped out the MCL tear.

how long til you were "as good as new"?
Did not feel comfortable cutting on it until about 14 months. I could not play with that damn brace, made you feel immobile. I'm 100% now and can squat 315 for reps with no issues. Knee just likes popping sound a lot, prob from scar tissue.

God of Thunder
09-13-2011, 08:10 AM
It's funny you posted this because my ACL is currently torn...........I am awaiting surgery on Oct. 17th.

When?
August 7th, 2011.

How?
I was playing softball, groundball up the middle, and I when to move laterally and just felt a loud POP. I continued the rest of the game (as catcher, instead of SS).

Did i know?
No. I assumed I probably sprained or twisted it.......I was in a lot of pain, but wasn't willing to quit. I saw the doctor a week later, and said he didn't think anything was torn. Two weeks after that, I do a MRI and he says he's shocked that I am walking as well as I am because my ACL is completely torn.

Did I have repaired?
Not yet, Oct. 17th is my surgery. (boo)

Brainiac
09-13-2011, 08:39 AM
I tore my ACL and my PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) when I was 22 years old playing softball in a co-ed league. It was the top of the first inning in the first game of the season. I was on first base and the batter behind me hit a grounder to the shortstop. I was sprinting towards second base. The girl playing second base took the throw for the forceout, but then instead of continuing on towards the infield, she took a step directly towards first base, right in my path.

We were on a collision course, and I had to make a split-second decision. I knew that I really didn't want to run into a girl. The infield was muddy, so I decided not to try to slide. I REALLY should have just run into her. Instead, I very awkwardly tried to plant my left foot into the soft ground and stop instantaneously. The problem was that my foot stopped just fine, but I tore my ACL and they had to carry me off the field. It would be several years before I would play softball again.

I put off having surgery for two years, but then I decided to get it fixed because I was tired of having a very unstable knee. The son of a bitch went out on me all the time. If I was walking and I turned just a little too quickly, the knee would bend the wrong way, start hurting like hell, and swell up for 3 days.

I had knee reconstruction surgery by Dr. Jon Browne, the team doctor for the Chiefs. My leg was in a cast from my toes to my hip for 3 months. That part REALLY sucked. But what sucked even more was when they removed the cast. The muscles in my leg had atrophied after 3 months of inactivity. I looked at my skinny little leg and I thought "Oh my God, it will never be a real leg again".

Fortunately, with a lot of physical therapy, the leg muscles returned to normal fairly quickly, and I was fine for 20 years. I resumed playing softball, although I never played with reckless abandon after that.

Over the years the cartilage in the knee eventually went away, and I wound up with the pain of bone on bone contact in the knee. It got so bad that I couldn't walk a block, and I wound up having knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacement surgery was a godsend, and the pain went completely away. However, every time I go through security at an airport the damn thing sets off the metal detector, and I have to get a pat-down search from a TSA agent. (Why won't the TSA hire supermodels to do this?)

So now whenever I go through airport security I think of the girl that I didn't run into that day. I wish to God I had laid her out instead of blowing out my knee saving her. The sad thing is that she is completely unaware of the sacrifice I made for her. If she has any memory of the play at all (which I doubt), I'm sure all she remembers is that some clumsy dickwad hurt himself running to second base.

tooge
09-13-2011, 08:45 AM
Didn't Wes Welker blow his ACL two years ago? He seems to be doing pretty well

Brainiac
09-13-2011, 08:55 AM
Didn't Wes Welker blow his ACL two years ago? He seems to be doing pretty well
Tearing your ACL was a career-ending injury 20 years ago (just ask Billy Sims). Now it's just a temporary setback. Willis McGahee tore his ACL in the Fiesta Bowl his senior year, and yet he was still drafted in the first round by the Bills.

DenverDanChiefsFan
09-13-2011, 09:15 AM
Not completely, Dr said about 80% they let it heal on its own. Shoveling the driveway, slipped and landed with leg bent underneath me. Hurt like a mother fucker for a long time

Smed1065
09-13-2011, 09:16 AM
I have just 99%. Berry is fucked. Go Korea.

Otis Day
09-13-2011, 09:32 AM
Mid '90s playing basketball. I cut one way my knee went the other. Heard a loud pop but thought I was okay until later in the day my leg was swollen from my hip to my ankle. I was dragging it around like a stump.

I had surgery 2 weeks later after the swelling went down and therapy afterwards. It has never been the same for me. I still have to sit in an aisle seat at the movies or on a plane cuz it starts to ache after a while if I can't stetch it out.

wazu
09-13-2011, 10:37 AM
There was a guy who played for the Patriots as a starting CB for years who tore both ACLs in high school and never had surgery, compensating instead by lifting weights like a crazy person. I think he was their 2nd CB during the Ty Law era, but can't remember his name or find the article.

Amnorix
09-13-2011, 11:13 AM
Pats went through this with Welker. He blew his ACL in 2009 and started in the first game last year (slightly ahead of schedule). He wasn't QUITE as good as new, but he had 80 catches, so he didn't exactly suck.

Last night he looked terrific, including on that 99 yard TD of course. As the slot receiver, Welker doesn't put any less pressure on his leg than Berry will when he returns. Be glad that if he had to blow it, it went early in the year giving him nearly a full year to fix it and rehab it so he can play next year without doubt.

When reading about Welker and Brady etc., having ACLs repaired, the general rule seems to be it's 2 full years to be as good as new, or almost so.

Amnorix
09-13-2011, 11:17 AM
There was a guy who played for the Patriots as a starting CB for years who tore both ACLs in high school and never had surgery, compensating instead by lifting weights like a crazy person. I think he was their 2nd CB during the Ty Law era, but can't remember his name or find the article.


Doesn't ring any bells. I seem to remember reading about someone who was missing an ACL. It was just a weird thing. He must have been a professional athlete (or else it wouldn't make the papers), but I can't remember who or what sport or anything.

hometeam
09-13-2011, 11:21 AM
Hacky sack? Wow, That's a lame torn ACL story.

I like to call it a 'sports related injury'

:D

Otter
09-13-2011, 11:25 AM
Me and my mother moved from New Jersey to California where I quickly discovered that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't didn't fit in well with a blond surfer crowd. I managed to avoid fights for awhile but found myself cornered by several thug surfers who belonged to the same karate school. As I was losing consciousness from my beating out of nowhere I saw Mr. Miyagi, an elderly gardner, leap into the fray and save me by outfighting half a dozen of the surfer ruffians. He taught me karate through unconventional means such as painting fences and waxing cars. In our final karate tournament the head honcho tough guy alpha surfer hit my knee and was pretty sure the ACL was torn but I didn't back down. I feared the opposing sensei was going to instruct his student to go for my wounded leg. His motto was "show no mercy". But I was certain when I read his lips from across the room: 'sweep the leg'. I entered my swan stance and waited for him to make a move while putting most of my weight on my good knee then front kicked him to the forehead with my wounded ACL.

I recovered 100% and went on to a part II.

mcaj22
09-13-2011, 11:27 AM
Pats went through this with Welker. He blew his ACL in 2009 and started in the first game last year (slightly ahead of schedule). He wasn't QUITE as good as new, but he had 80 catches, so he didn't exactly suck.

Last night he looked terrific, including on that 99 yard TD of course. As the slot receiver, Welker doesn't put any less pressure on his leg than Berry will when he returns. Be glad that if he had to blow it, it went early in the year giving him nearly a full year to fix it and rehab it so he can play next year without doubt.

When reading about Welker and Brady etc., having ACLs repaired, the general rule seems to be it's 2 full years to be as good as new, or almost so.



Welker's is an interesting case, almost like an anomaly, because he tore his ACL and MCL and everyone said career ending, and now he looks great, and his like a freak of nature. He is a rare case, because not everyone comes back in that kind of shape.

There are more guys that have come back that "lost a step" then there are the Wes Welker happy ending stories. That's the bummer part about this type of outlook.

RockChalk
09-13-2011, 11:37 AM
MCL three weeks ago, hyper-extended my knee. no surgery and just getting back to normal now

Tore my MCL back in 8th grade ('96). My knee has never been "normal" since. Doctor wouldn't do surgery, just gave me some exercises to do. The fun part is when my knee just randomly gives out. I still experience some minor pain/swelling and it makes funny noises, but I'm very active without any serious issues.

wazu
09-13-2011, 11:41 AM
Doesn't ring any bells. I seem to remember reading about someone who was missing an ACL. It was just a weird thing. He must have been a professional athlete (or else it wouldn't make the papers), but I can't remember who or what sport or anything.

It was Jimmy Hitchcock. And both were missing because they were torn playing high school football and never repaired.

http://espn.go.com/magazine/flemfile_20011009.html

TIED5573
09-13-2011, 11:56 AM
They could walk, but they were never the same at rolling a hoop with a stick or riding a bicycle with a 6-ft front wheel.

Good question, though. I often wonder about that stuff. If you herniated a disc in your back, were you just crippled and in pain the rest of your life? It seems like that's the only option.

There were no "illegal" drugs then. You could use cocaine or any opiate (laudnum?) for aches and pains. Kinda brings a tear to your eye to see how far we've come.

TIED5573
09-13-2011, 11:59 AM
Welker's is an interesting case, almost like an anomaly, because he tore his ACL and MCL and everyone said career ending, and now he looks great, and his like a freak of nature. He is a rare case, because not everyone comes back in that kind of shape.

There are more guys that have come back that "lost a step" then there are the Wes Welker happy ending stories. That's the bummer part about this type of outlook.

MacGahee(sp?) tore both his in the Nat Champ game against OSU. Seems to run ok.

Amnorix
09-13-2011, 12:21 PM
It was Jimmy Hitchcock. And both were missing because they were torn playing high school football and never repaired.

http://espn.go.com/magazine/flemfile_20011009.html


Wow good memory!!

GordonGekko
09-13-2011, 02:06 PM
I've completely torn one of mine twice.

For me, it wasn't a big deal. It didn't hurt that much, for one thing. I just didn't have stability in it. The surgeries weren't all that bad, either - nor were the rehabs. The first time was a gradual thing - I couldn't point to the time it actually happened. The second time was stupid. I was running the bases in softball, of all things, and I felt it pop. Again, it didn't hurt all that much, comparatively speaking. I tore my rotator cuff, and THAT hurt.

There are obviously big differences, though.

1) I am not an elite athlete. I rehabbed for six months, took it easy for another six, and can do the stuff I did before.

2) I had mine replaced, both times, with a cadaver graft. I'm guessing they'd use a graft from an athlete's body - usually, from their patellar tendon. That takes a little longer to rehab, because there are now two injured spots. It's also supposed to come back stronger with your own graft.

I really think he should come back close to what he was before. The biggest problem, I think, is what seems to be a greater chance of re-injuring it. But it's not like it was fifteen years ago, when it was largely considered career-ending.

Damn dude, you are built like a GI Joe, like rubber band tendons. Sorry about all that you had to go through

GordonGekko
09-13-2011, 02:11 PM
Never an ACL but I saw an Achilles tendon tear once playing softball. I was rounding 2nd and the runner in front of me just collapsed. I watched the entire tendon roll up his calf like a window shade. Pretty gross.

****!

MOhillbilly
09-13-2011, 11:59 PM
93- tore my acl and broke my leg. Football. Repaired. Never has been 100%.

rico
09-14-2011, 12:08 AM
It was what ended my wrestling career in college. Didn't bounce back from it.

JohnnyV13
09-14-2011, 12:24 AM
I first damaged cartiledge and nicked the acl at judo practice when I was 18 years old.

I recovered rather quickly, and was back competing 6 months later.

I tore the ACL, when I was 21, and all I was doing was walking around a pool table in my parents basement during christmas break. I knew EXACTLY what happened, and it hurt like hell. I started cursing up a storm and had to pretty much crawl/limp up the stairs.

I had a repair, with the current Chiefs team doctor Jon Browne.

That took more than a year to recover from, and my knee has never been quite the same since.

While I can run straight ahead quite well (I can easily run 5 miles as long as I only do that once or twice a week), but cutting on it can occasionaly make it "slide". Were I a professional athlete, I would probably have had further surgery to stabilize the knee.

Also, the blood flow in the knee isn't the same as the healthy knee. For example, if I sit on the floor with the leg folded up underneath me, the leg will be stiff and numb when I get up (sort of like a limb that's fallen "asleep"). It will take about a minute or so to get regular blood flow. The other leg won't have the same problems even in a similar position.

That issue is likely due to scar tissue in the knee closing off small blood vessels in those circumstances.

I regularly do isolated leg extensions and seated squats with one leg to condition the bad leg. Right now its close, but not quite as strong as my "good" leg.

Elwaysux
09-14-2011, 12:35 AM
I blew mine out playing HS baseball over 30 years ago. No quick fix back then so they recommended full reconstructive surgery when I got to college on a scholarship. I passed on it and they said I'd walk with a cane by the time I was 50. I'm 51 and no cane. It hurts when the weather changes and I wear a brace for things like raquetball or tennis. A doctor friend looked at it a few years back and said there was nothing that could be done now. Just bone on bone, no cartilage left.

headsnap
09-14-2011, 12:51 AM
My story with video...


July 2008

Racing BMX

Heard the pop during the wreck... got up and climbed to the top of the next jump and when I went to put my good leg over the bike the other leg buckled..

Had it repaired November of '08 at the Shelbourne Knee Center in Indianapolis, they specialize in sports and getting the athlete back into action as quickly as possible. They did the Contralateral Petelar tendon surgery(took part of the bone from my kneecap and shin with the tendon between from my good leg and used it for the ACL). Rehab was very aggressive.

8 weeks after surgery I was cleared by the doc to ride my bike... not actually cleared, more like encouraged. Two weeks later I raced a Regional(I wasn't my normal speed but still, I was able to do it).
<iframe width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v_ub0ixrM1I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Three months after surgery I was on the Racquetball court...
<iframe width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IJV7CwRhFvw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

BTW, I only used a knee brace before surgery, never put it on after surgery.

In '09 after the ACLr, in my BMX racing season I was able to get a #5 National ranking in the 41+ Intermediate class and I placed third in the Main Event at the Grands.


Currently the only issue I have with my knee(s) is the quarter sized(but getting smaller) numb patch that I feel when I kneel down.

Cheater5
09-14-2011, 03:48 AM
I was playing college football (outside LB) and was cut blocked by a pulling guard. Didn't have surgery, and sat out six games. Tried to come back at the end of the season and played sparingly in the last two. This was 1987...

I continued to lift weights, get stronger, and played college rugby and then joined the ARmy. Went through airborne school, Ranger school, and was A-OK for about six years. Then playing touch football one day I blew the whole thing...ACL and MCL replacement. Took 9 months to heal, and back running and rucking.

I'm 42, still run, lift, ruck, and all that but no quick turns/lateral movement. It has never been the same, and the girth is noticeably different from my healthy leg. But...hasnt slowed me much.