Sophomore Soccer Star Returns to the Game After Beating ACL Injury
Kacie, a 15-year-old soccer player, suffered an ACL tear while planting her leg in the process of kicking the ball. Kacie experienced immediate pain and swelling.
An MRI revealed an ACL tear, with no meniscal or chondral injury. Kacie was referred to Accelerated Sports Therapy & Fitness for pre- and post-surgery treatment.
In preparation for her ACL reconstruction surgery, Kacie worked with the therapists at Accelerated to restore knee extension and joint mobility. Her treatment included range of motion exercises, Vasopneumatics with ice (Game Ready) to reduce swelling and quad strength and control exercises to return to a normal gait.
After her surgery, Kacie returned to Accelerated Sports Therapy to continue her rehabilitation. Her post-op treatment included:
Range of motion exercises
Strengthening exercises for her quadriceps, gluteals, hamstrings and core
Neuromuscular re-education to restore control of lower extremities
On-court functional training (hopping and light plyometric activity)
Lower extremity biomechanics emphasis with goal of preventing future ACL injury
Upon completion of her treatment program, Kacie was able to return to running and continued to improve her leg strength and power with a gradual return to soccer drills.
In the end, Kacie successfully returned to soccer without any difficulties or restrictions.