Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, is having a huge season after returning from an ACL injury.
ACL injuries are getting a lot of attention these days, with returns of two big names in Minnesota sports. Both Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings are within a year of ACL injuries. Peterson went down last December during a game, and Rubio left the line up back in March.
Peterson’s return has been nothing short of astounding; he’s leading the NFL in rushing and is in the discussion for the league’s Most Valuable Player. Rubio is expected to return to the hardwood sometime in the next month, just 9 months after his tear.
Jeffrey Macalena, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon with University of Minnesota Physicians, spoke about ACL treatment and recovery with Minnesota Public Radio.
According to Macalena believes there are more ACL injuries now than in the past, partly because of the faster pace of sports but also because of the growing size of athletes.
Macalena says patients recovering from ACL injury treatments can expect to get back to training in about 7 to 10 months. However, because Peterson and Rubio are exceptional athletes, their recovery is a little quicker.
Listen to the whole interview to find out the difference in recovery for men and women, who will most benefit from ACL surgery, and how to recover if you opt out of surgery.
Click here for the Minnesota Public Radio interview with Jeffrey Macalena, M.D.