When I was 66 I was playing in a rec league in FL when a fireplug shaped guard who got to the final cut with the Celtics 45 years before drove the lane & hit my knee. I tried to keep playing but the knee buckled whenever I changed directions so I quit & went to the orthopedist & he scheduled an MRI. I needed a new acl & he remarked that it was the first time he had seen this injury in a Medicare patient. I returned to SL & got a referral from my CRNA daughter to a young orthopedist she had assisted often in surgery. I met him & gave him the disc containing the MRI & he said that most people my age just stop playing sports but if I wanted, he could replace my ACL with a cadaver’s & get me back on the court. He did it outpatient at a surgicenter & I went home with a whole leg brace, crutches & a big vial of oxicoton. I quit taking those the 2nd day & did 6 weeks of rehab at SSM. Then I took a Vermont Bike Tour trip from Prague to Vienna & returned to SL. I started back at the gym shooting, running & lifting. My surgery was on May 1 & I played my first game of pickup August 15 with great trepidation but all was well. I’m now 73 & still play pickup - full court in FL & half court here at the Sunset Hills Community Center twice a week. I have not worn a brace since the injury & have no limitations. When I hear about it taking a year to recover from this type of injury, I think those are situations where they are trying to repair a tear & keep the original ACL.
I am extremely optimistic about this recruit.
If TF reads the board, the orthopedist’s name is Jody Jachna