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The Connection Journey: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery

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When Carolyn tore her ACL during a tournament last year, she feared that it could be career-ending. Her parents Mary and Tim still remember her initial devastation. Now, they're all looking forward to Carolyn living out her soccer dreams.

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Erin recently tore her ACL during soccer practice. She knows she's out for this season, but she and her mom Carla want to ensure Erin fully heals before getting back on the field so she can continue playing the sports she loves.


Our pediatric experts can tell families a lot about their child's new diagnosis and the treatment to come. One thing they can't often tell them: how they will feel.

That's why we connected a family who has been through ACL reconstruction surgery with a family who's been there – to answer questions, to shed light and to offer hope – from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation. Conversations heal. Follow the journey on the following pages.


The journey in stages

1. Injury and treatment

It's never easy to learn your child has a sports injury that may require surgery. Learn how our families worked through difficult decisions for their teen's surgery.

2. Recovery and rehab

ACL injury recovery is different for every athlete, but it helps to hear from someone who has been there and got back on the field. Our experienced family shares advice and encouragement for the challenging times of recovery and rehabilitation.

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Carolyn sits with her mom, Mary, while she talks about Carolyn's ACL injury.


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