So throughout the semester you’ve all seen my limping to class, in a gigantic brace and crutches. So what really happened and what’s going on? Well, I am the current president for the student club York Bangladeshi Student Association(YBSA) and every university has one of these clubs. There is an annual soccer tournament called Ridoy Cup, in which the respective Bangladeshi student clubs compete. This was the 9th annual tournament and York has only won their first cup last year under my captaincy and I wanted to continue this trend by winning back to back years. Little did i know, this was going to set me back from all physical activities for quite some time.
During the final game against UofT St.George, as I ran up the left side of field with the ball and tried to cut inwards towards the right to have a shot on goal, my body twisted but my planted right foot and knee did not! I heard a pop noise and fell down instantly screaming in pain. As people came to help me up, neither I or they guessed how bad this injury was. I got up and subbed myself off as I could no longer run. With few minutes remaining in 0-0 tie game, i really wish i could get back on the field and help but i couldn’t but that day winning was in our fate. In the last 2 minutes our striker scored a top corner screamer, and everyone went wild! Winning felt amazing!
Now a little into the biology side. The ACL’s (anterior cruciate ligament) primary role is to prevent anterior translation of the tibia (shin bone). If the ACL is fully torn the tibia is able to extend over 7mm past the femur (thigh bone) (Chui. 2006). Furthermore it supports internal rotation of the tibia and in full extension absorbs 75% of anterior translation and 85% when in flexion (bending)30 to 90 degrees (Kewon, Lederman, Chhabra, 2013). Loss of the ACL leads to decreased rotation, extension and flexion, all resulting in an unstable knee. The meniscus carries the load from the upper leg to lower (thigh to shin) and stabilizes knee during movements mentioned above (Fukuda et al, 2000).
After visiting the emergency room, I was put in a brace and crutches and physiotherapy until MRI results returned, but from symptoms the surgeon was quite sure of the damage.
Sure enough both were torn, and now I’m waiting until summer for ACL and menisci reconstruction. Physiotherapy has resumed to help with current mobility and strengthening which will help the recovery process post surgery. 2017 will be comeback season! 😀
Chiu, S. S. (2006). The Anterior Tibial Translocation Sign. Radiology, 239(3), 914–915.
Fukuda, Y., Takai, S., Yoshino, N., Murase, K., Tsutsumi, S., Ikeuchi, K., & Hirasawa, Y. (2000). Impact load transmission of the knee joint-influence of leg alignment and the role of meniscus and articular cartilage. Clinical Biomechanics, 15(7), 516–521.
Kweon, C., Lederman, E. S., & Chhabra, A. (2013). Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Cruciate Ligaments and Their Surgical Implications. In The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee (pp. 17–27). New York, NY: Springer New York.