Carley Von Deylen
My Success Story
I first started going to Athletics Sports Medicine in February 2014 after I tore my ACL in a basketball game during my senior year of high school. I knew my basketball career was sadly over, but I had a difficult decision to make. Do I get ACL surgery right away and get started with the long rehab process? Or do I attempt to fully rehab before surgery and run track for one final season?
With doctor permission, encouragement from coaches, family, and teammates, and help from Dr. Williams, I decided to try and run track with a torn ACL. The Athletics Sports Medicine team devised a plan for me that included physical therapy, workouts on the alter G and other cross training machines, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.
My team and I had won the Class 2 Track and Field State Title in 2013, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to run again with my team and try for another state title. At first, I thought this would be a long shot, and my times would be significantly slower then the previous year. However, I gradually regained strength and began to feel more confident about the season. About a month after doing less intensive workouts I started doing the same workouts as my team at Dr. Williams's office. Dr. Williams collaborated with my coaches, and they planned my workouts with my torn ACL in mind. They were all rooting for me and wanted to do everything possible to get me back on the track.
As I slowly got back into training, I became more and more confident every day. Workouts were going well ,and my body was feeling great thanks to the help of everyone at Athletics Sports Medicine.
In the past, my events in track included the 200, 400, high jump, long jump, and the 4x200, 4x100, and 4x400 relays. Withy my torn ACL, I had to stick to straight line movement so the jumping events were out of the picture. Instead, I focused on relays. I also started to run the 4x800 relay.
At my first meet of the season I ran PR in the 800 by 6 seconds taking my time from a 2:42 to a 2:36. My coaches and I were very happy to see that my training at Athletics Sports Medicine was working and working well. I continued to train this way for the entire track season. My times continued to decrease. The staff at Athletics Sports Medicine was extremely supportive and encouraging. They provided an inviting atmosphere and truly cared about me and my results. With their help and training, I qualified for all three of my relays at the state track meet in Jefferson City. My team placed 4th in the 4x200. We won the 4x800 and the 4x400 and my team took home the state title for the second year in a row! My split in the 800 went down to a 2:25 and a 1:01 in the 400. My hard work and training paid off, and I exceeded any expectations. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity to run on such a successful track team despite my ACL injury. I could not have done it without the help of Athletics Sports Medicine staff and services! They are truly enhancing ACL recovery and making the process quicker and easier! I eventually had ACL surgery at the end of May after track season and graduation. I continue to do rehab at Athletics Sports Medicine and couldn't ask for a better place to do it!
Carley Von Deylen