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    Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    Does it impact a player's career as badly as everyone thinks?

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?



    It's a serious injury; but with medical science we have today doctors are getting these players back sooner then later.




    Look at Rod Woodson back in 1995, he needed reconstructive knee surgery. And miraculously 19 weeks later he played in the Super Bowl.




    Here is a list of some players who had torn acl injuries andstill had productive careers.




    Jamal Lewis




    Jerry Rice




    Nick Barnett




    Tom Brady




    Willis Mcgahee




    Frank Gore.




    So to answer your question yes players can still have great/good careers after suffering this injury.


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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    Yes and no. The rate at which players play X amount of snaps after the initial injury is night and day when comparing to a few decades ago. This is relevant not to the premiere players, but the small late round guys who average only 3-4 years in the league.

    However, it doesn't take into account effectiveness upon return. There is precedent that goes both ways here.

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    It is still a serious injury but the medical technology has improved so much it has made the comeback from that injury easier.

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    Just look at Wes Welker. He injured himself in the last week of the season, but worked his *** off rehabbing, and still put up some serious numbers(not this year's type numbers, but still very solid).

    A lot has to do with the reconstruction, but I also believe a lot has to do with will and work ethic.

    Also, remember, TT most likely won't be starting.

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    [quote user="ny06"]

    It's a serious injury; but with medical science we have today doctors are getting these players back sooner then later.




    Look at Rod Woodson back in 1995, he needed reconstructive knee surgery. And miraculously 19 weeks later he played in the Super Bowl.




    Here is a list of some players who had torn acl injuries and*still had productive careers.




    Jamal Lewis




    Jerry Rice




    Nick Barnett




    Tom Brady




    Willis Mcgahee




    Frank Gore.




    So to answer your question yes players can still have great/good careers after suffering this injury.

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    Instructive list, in that it shows the mixed results nature of players' recovery. In any event it shows how--as most here recognize--even the good productive recoveries require at least 2 full years for a "complete" recovery (ie, Brady, Gore).

    Jamal Lewis was never the same as he was before his injury, and Mcgahee was never quite the NFL player most anticipated he would be when in college--although since his injury occurred just weeks before his draft, no one will really ever know if that was due to his knee or not.

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?



    naturally the operational and rehab technics have changed. Also players in general are in much better shape to begin with. The call it "prehab" now.




    BUT.....human tissue and biology are the what they are. A repaired ACL is not better than a healthy never injured one.

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    McGahee had the worst looking knee injury I ever saw, his leg was actually bent forward from the knee and he was playing the next season

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    its not a career ender anymore, but it does waste a year of injury and another year of lowered production due to continued healing.

    players careers are short enough as it is, and knocking two years off for every injured ACL doesn't help, and is more likely to be re-injured later on.

    but to answer your question, news of an ACL tear isn't as dreadful as it used to be. it makes you think "well, he's done for the year, and i hope it doesn't linger afterwards"

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    Re: Is a torn ACL as serious as it used to be?

    Sport Science is f'ing amazing today. The way players come back from these ligament injuries is amazing. Maybe in another 10 years, the might find away to cut the recovery time in half.

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