Originally Posted by onehandbh
Curious if those of you that had knee injuries were overweight
or carrying extra weight at the time of the injury?
Basketball seems to be like a wrecking ball for knees & ankles.
I've been lucky to only have 2 major ankle injuries from it.
Pretty much stopped a few years ago and decided to play
tennis again instead b/c I didn't want to risk getting gimpy again.
Never been overweight in my life and tore my acl while playing basketball about 12 years ago. Some guy just took me out in a YMCA league while on a fast break. I promptly retired from basketball!!
I had more sprained ankles and knee injuries from basketball than any other sport.
I was 28 when it happened and I ended up going the patella tendon graft route and used one of the University of Louisville's team physicians to do the surgery. I followed my rehab to a "T" and continue to workout and stay in great shape and, knock on wood, haven't had any trouble since.
Since you are young and in good shape my advice would be to go the patella tendon graft route. It's a harder and longer rehab but I think it's still the best and longest lasting graft. Also, make sure you follow your rehab to a "T". I think the biggest mistake people make is going too hard too fast. Take your time and you'll be glad you did.
Keep us updated on your decisions and progress. Good Luck!!