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I got an ACL surgery two years ago on my right knee. Firstly I was recovering a tough groin injury about two months in physio and then I decided to play some futsal. Of course my body wasn't well prepared to play intesively after two months without playing and in one play i was in great acceleration and some guy pushed me. I still managed to score the goal before he pushed me (great goal indeed!! without angle) but when I fell I immediately felt lots of pain. I usually don't care about injuries but this time I couldn't even return to the pitch. 2 hours later my knee (and thigh) was almost two times bigger than the other leg and about one month later (time to let the inflaction reduce a bit) I got the surgery (total snap).

After being 4 incredibly sad days in the hospital (probably some of the worst days of my life) I was about 6/7 months in physiotherapy, attending every day. Fortunately, I was motivated to recover it and I did everything with determination. I won't tell you much negative stuff about all of this because there is plenty and you might don't want to hear it, but you surely want to hear some positive things. Well, I think that your injury and the whole recovering period will change your way of relating with people. Precisely because you will need them and you are going to see who's really supporting you. Secondly, you will have some more time to do some weight lifting. Third, I don't know the way you are but you will turn into a more mature guy, even inside the pitch.

I've just read now (at the end of typing my text) that your injury is different than what you were expecting. Anyway, some guy who get a ACL tomorrow has my view here!

You will still have surgery, right?
 

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Yeah, but be careful with that meniscus strain. If you ain't going to get surgery to correct that then you have to strengthen your thighs very well to make a much better muscular contraction = less charge in knee articulations. How old are you?
 

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Isaac said:
On Topic, Luis how long did it take you before you could actually play in another football game? A lot of people have this happen to them, it seems, with the ACL tear. My history teacher, one of my couselors - it's amazing how often it happens when it seems to be such a rare injury. When you think about it, though, you can understand because a good hit to the knee when you have pressure on it or just a buckle can do it.

To run decently, pass and shoot the ball decently and switch directions decently it took me 8/9 months. But I just was in very conditions about 12 months later. I wasn't playing for clubs anymore so my recovery was longer as I didn't need to hurry. Anyway, I notice that I no longer have the same sprint ability I had before, even if I consider myself quite quick, and I started playing mostly as defender. Nowadays, I'm slowly quiting football as sometimes I feel the knee is in pain and I don't want to go through this anymore. I have injuries in all my body (feet, shoulder, groin, calfs and back) and when I play football they usually appear all together so I only do gym right now. It's a bit sad since I love football but I feel better this way as I don't want to be with pain all the time.
 
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