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Molly, high school soccer player, TRIA campaign

Molly


Turns out her knee pain wasn’t an injury

As a dedicated athlete since the age of eight, Molly has always been in touch with how her body feels during workouts and games. “I remember starting my club training workouts—they were pretty intense at first,” she recalled. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to use the strength I gain from that to keep up my intensity, especially during games.”

It was during one of these intense games, in the summer of 2014, when Molly noticed an unusual amount of pain during an inopportune moment: midway through an overseas tournament. “We were playing in the Danish Cup, and I just felt like I stepped on my leg wrong—I had intense knee pain, and couldn’t play for more than five minutes at a time. I was so scared it was a torn ACL. My father had been successfully treated at TRIA before, so we decided to wait until we came home to get it looked at.”

Within 24 hours of landing in the U.S., Molly was at TRIA and seeing a doctor. “What we thought was a typical knee injury was actually a neuromuscular dysfunction. It turns out, it’s not uncommon. I felt like, with both my doctor and physical therapist being women, they really understood how a developing girl’s body works at 15. They knew how my hips were developing, and how that affected my situation. I immediately went through a diagnostic physical therapy session, and right away got information on how to address the problem.”

In the weeks and months following the diagnosis, Molly’s TRIA team worked to help her build up her muscles. “Within days, there was already improvement. I had physical therapy at TRIA, twice a week at first, and over time until I could start training again. While I was recovering, I just told myself to take it minute by minute.” The result: Molly is back on the field, enjoying her last year of competitive high-school play, and fully investing all of her regained strength and speed on the field. She notes a difference: “My teammates tell me that I am playing with more confidence and that I seem faster. I’ll take that!”

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