Yep I’m calling it… a little early maybe but it’s hard to imagine anything knocking this injury out of its top spot. Lachie is one of those people that always manages to outdo himself when it comes to injury. It’s never simple or straight forward, and this one was no different. I wasn’t there to witness the actual injury but the photos speak for themselves…. it really is the most unbelievable injury I have EVER seen so much so that it even had high profile sports surgeons running for the hills. (if you don’t like gory stuff I suggest you don’t look at the photo).
We see a whole range of acute knee injuries that require surgery. Usually people tear one, maybe 2 ligaments or injure the cartilage in the knee. Not this guy though, he actually managed to tear the big 4. Yep that’s all 4 major ligaments that are basically responsible for holding the knee together. ACL… gone. PCL… rutured… MCL.. split… LCL…torn.
Take a moment to process that. I didn’t believe it until I had the MRI report in my hands and could read for myself.
How? well its kind of funny you asked. It was ‘rugby related’.. but not exactly on the footy field but rather in the ‘tram tracks’. Tram Tracks is a one-on-one tackling battle that continues until someone taps out. Its probably the dumbest game in the world but rugby boys seem to love it (especially after one or two beers). Must be something to do with testosterone and a little ‘healthy’ competition.
So amidst a Saturday session in the ‘tram tracks’ Lachie managed to dislocate his knee, not his kneecap his knee.
He required a full open knee reconstruction where the surgeon used two donor ligaments to pretty much design him a new knee. Usually a knee reconstruction uses a ligament created using a tendon graft from your own hamstring, however in this case donor tissue was used because the surgeon wouldn’t have wanted to compromise the stability of the knee any further. Taking a graft weakens the hamstring tendon in the short term and potentially could slow the recovery & rehabilitation.
Lachie is now 10 weeks post surgery and I’ll admit I’m very surprised with how well he is recovering. He’s back in the gym doing a full legs program (with light weights). The focus is primarily on developing good hamstring & quadriceps control. His rehab also includes proprioceptive training and balance exercises on a wobble board.
This week he will progress to jumping and hopping to prepare him for a return to running program. His surgeon is very happy with his progress and expects him to make a good recovery.
The bit I still don’t get…. I asked Lachie the other day if he wanted to play rugby again next year, he did hesitate a little but not as much as I would have expected, before saying ‘yeah probably’. I guess it’s one of the things I love about my job, these guys go through so much just to get themselves back on the field. For many it’s a play at all costs attitude. Is that just a guy thing? Or is rugby really that good of a game? Maybe that’s why they say rugby is the game they play in heaven, because these boys literally can’t get enough.
Lachie works for Adwords Management Australia and is available for interviews upon request…. or he can just help you with website marketing & design stuff, he’s pretty good at that too!
Hope this has helped you through the Wednesday afternoon slump!
Have a great day