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ACL Program Patient Stories

Our team at UPMC Sports Medicine is dedicated to helping athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels. After an ACL injury, it's easy to feel overwhelmed about treatment options, rehabilitation, and recovery times. But we have the experts to help.

Hear about the impact our ACL care has on the lives of some of our patients.

Ella’s Story: Making History After Back-to-Back Knee Injuries

A soccer injury left Ella will a full ACL tear and a partial meniscus tear. Undergoing surgery would give her the best chance of playing soccer again. She didn’t let that stop her.

A soccer injury left Ella with a full ACL tear and a partial meniscus tear. Undergoing surgery would give her the best chance of playing soccer again. She didn’t let that stop her.

Read Ella's story

Ariana’s Story: Back on the Field After Partial ACL Tear

Ariana suffered a partial ACL tear. Learn more about her injury and recovery through the ACL Program, part of UPMC Sports Medicine.

An injury during a basketball game left Ariana with a partial ACL tear. After surgery and physical therapy at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, she was ready to return to the soccer field in the fall.

Read Ariana Camino's story

Erin’s Story: Comeback After ACL, MCL, and Meniscus Injury

Erin tore her ACL during a soccer game in her sophomore year of high school. Learn how the team at UPMC helped her return to play for her junior year.

Erin tore her ACL during a soccer game in her sophomore year of high school. Learn about her recovery and how the team at UPMC helped her return to play — just in time for her junior year.

Read Erin Brady's story

Kenny’s Story: Recovering from Multiple ACL Injuries

Kenny tore his ACL and MCL while playing football, an experience that would shape his athletic journey and future career. Learn about his journey and recovery at UPMC.

Read Kenny Clark's story

Lydia’s Story: Determined Soccer Star Reaches Her Goal

Lydia's soccer and track involvement were put on hold due to an ACL injury. Learn how the team at UPMC helped her return to the field for the next season.

After tearing her ACL during soccer, giving up never even entered Lydia’s mind. Learn how this soccer star’s determination, combined with expert care at UPMC, helped Lydia continue her soccer career.

Read Lydia's story

Megan’s Story: A Physician Assistant’s Journey from ACL Injury to Recovery

Read Megan Barber's ACL injury patient story. Learn more about her journey at UPMC Sports Medicine.

When Megan's knee instability returned, to the point where she almost fell each time she walked down the stairs, she turned to the experts at UPMC Sports Medicine to repair her ACL and get her back to the activities she loves.

Read Megan Barber's story