ACL Program | Patient Stories

emily-thriving-acl-tear A dream deferred but not denied by ACL Tear
May 10, 2017
Just three games into club season, Emily was on the field in North Carolina, running back to her net when she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She heard her knee pop, and knew immediately what had happened. Read more...

5 tip for sports recovery from Boston Children's Hospital's Sports Medicine DivisionIntense sports season? 5 tips for recovery
May 3, 2016

Like many high-performing athletes, Taylor likes to push herself. But athletes who push themselves too hard may be more prone to injury. Learn how to recover smart after an intense sports season. Read more...

Team learning about strategies following ACL surgeryFive strategies to keep your athlete engaged and positive after ACL surgery
March 24, 2015
Learn how to support athletes during the ACL recovery process from a Boston Children’s expert. Read more...

Puck as a child, after milestone ACL reconstruction surgeryNearly 40 years after milestone ACL reconstruction surgery, Puck skis like a kid
February 19, 2015
“I’ve skied 1.7 million vertical feet in the last five years,” says 36-year-old Philip ‘Puck’ Wheaton. It’s an awful lot of skiing, especially for a guy who was born without an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)—the critical ligament that holds the knee together. Read more...


Caleb meets Tom Brady, who underwent similar ACL surgeryAfter ACL tear and visit from Tom Brady, Caleb offers ACL injury prevention advice
January 30, 2015
An 11-year-old football player whose successfully recovered from an ACL tear offers some helpful injury prevention advice. Read more...

Andrea Marx returns to high school athletics following ACL surgeryThe secret to a successful ACL injury recovery
October 23, 2014
A simple jump step brought Andrea Marx's three-sport athletic career to a screeching halt -- with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). In this blog, she shares her secrets to a successful #ACL injury recovery. Read more...

Julia Marino’s Olympic hopes were only temporarily sidelined following ACL injuryOlympic skier Julia Marino overcomes an ACL injury
December 4, 2013
Julia Marino thrives at high speed and great heights. In 2009, she was at the top of her game. Coaches and slopestyle skiers had pegged her as a rising star on the World Cup circuit. Then she crashed.

A high school and college athlete looks back, 10 years after ACL surgeryACL surgery 10 years later: an athlete looks back
October 16, 2013
The decision to proceed with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction to treat a torn ACL on a growing child can be difficult. Parents often weigh the pros and cons of surgery versus the risks of a more conservative approach with limited activity. After surgery, they wonder how to best help their child manage the difficult recovery period and return to sports. As with many parenting challenges, there is no single right answer. Nearly 10 years after his ACL surgery, University of Michigan sophomore.

Krista triumphs with athletics after three knee injuries and surgeryBeating the Odds: A Female Athlete Triumphs
April 3, 2013
Krista, a high school soccer star, injured her ACL three times. Martha Murray, MD, completed the surgeries and guided Krista through a complete ACL injury recovery and prevention program. The rehab program helped her power through senior year and lead her team to the state high school soccer championship.

Fletcher was able to return to playing football thanks to a special surgical technique developed at BCHFrom Torn ACL to MVP
January 11, 2013
North Carolina 8-year old Fletcher’s football dreams were nearly shattered when he tore his ACL. Read how a special surgical technique developed and performed by Boston Children’s orthopedic surgeons helped Fletcher get back in the game.

Stephanie returned to sports feeling stronger than before, following her ACL surgeryStephanie's Story
March 28, 2012
“I knew something wasn’t right,” says Stephanie, a high school athlete who tore her ACL during a basketball game. Martha Murray, MD, performed surgery on the growing teen, and Stephanie returned to the soccer field and basketball court as fast and strong as before her injury.

BCH is featured in the news about ACL injuries on the rise in young athletesBoston Children's in the news: ACL on the rise in young athletes
November 16, 2011
BC World News recently ran a story featuring Boston Children's Hospital patient Caleb Seymour, an 8-year-old football player who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on the field. Unfortunately, Caleb is just one of many young athletes facing this type of knee injury. Recent data shows ACL tears are rising rapidly among young people, and their long-term effects can be substantial. Kids who suffer serious ACL damage can have life-long problems with leg mobility, uneven leg growth or arthritis. Read more...

ACL injuries in girls playing soccer can be preventedGirls' soccer ACL injuries are preventable
February 18, 2010
More girls are playing soccer than ever and as you can guess, that means more girls are suffering from soccer-related injuries. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine takes a look at a Swedish research exercise program designed to help girls prevent one of soccer’s most common injuries – a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).