Purpose: To build a community of support, information, impact stories, and resources from all phases of acl recovery.
ACL injuries can be a particularly devastating. A season ending injury with long term impacts. An estimated 200,000 ACL injuries occur annually in the United States with a staggering rate of reinjury. This club has been created to build a community of personal impact stories and knowledge around ACL Recovery because together we can all have a success story to build on.
Meet The Club Members
My name is Thomas Kidd and I’m an athletic trainer with the University of Kentucky. While I was an undergraduate student at UK, I tore my ACL playing pick-up basketball. Growing up I was always active with sports or being outside. I played multiple sports as a child and then participated in intramural and club sports at UK. The worst injury I had in all those years were a few sprained ankles and a fractured toe that required a plate. (embarrassing I know, right?)
I was a Kinesiology major working as an athletic training student-aide with the football team. I was familiar with common athletic injuries but was not skilled in evaluating them yet. As soon as I tore my ACL I knew something wasn’t right though. I went to get evaluated and it was confirmed I tore my ACL. I was devastated and knew surgery would be in the future if I wanted to return to the active lifestyle I had been living. I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Darren Johnson from UK HealthCare preform my surgery. He performs hundreds ACL reconstructions, among other procedures, each year so I knew I was in good hands.
At the time I was in a unique situation. I was interested in sports medicine before I was injured but didn’t really know what direction I wanted to go as a career. Once I was going to physical therapy and helping in the athletic training room with the football team, it kind of clicked with me I would like to do this as a career. I was also lucky to have two different perspectives on injuries. Before my ACL, I had a hard time relating to athletes who were going through a long term rehab. But now since I’ve personally been through one myself, it gives me an extra talking point with athletes. Now I don’t suggest getting hurt just because you want to be an AT or PT, but I do think its helped since I have had that experience.
Since recovering from surgery, I’ve returned back to an active lifestyle. I have completed multiple marathons and ultramarathons, backpacking trips and bike rides, and yes I did make a return to the hardwood. Going through the rehab process is challenging. Everyday has its ups and downs but I was lucky to have an excellent physical therapist and a supporting family to get me through some hard times. Trust the process and take small steps, this will make achieving your long term goals seem more attainable. Best of luck out there!