For 21 year old S.R. the first game of the Division III soccer season at SUNY Purchase was her last. She twisted her knee awkwardly while running down the field and tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee. She knew the ordeal she was in for, having torn the ACL in her other knee four years earlier while playing high school soccer. “I knew there would be surgery and six months of rehabilitation, but it was my senior year and I was determined to be back in shape to play lacrosse in the spring,” she said.
With the help and guidance of sports medicine specialists, Dr. Demetris Delos, S.R. achieved her goal. Not only did S.R. contribute to her team’s 9 and 3 season, she was named MVP of the team, and Female Athlete of the Year by the university. She also qualified for the First Team All Conference and All Regional in lacrosse.
“Dr. Delos was so nice and friendly and straightforward in terms of expectations and recovery time. He turned a bad situation into a great experience.” (SR)