Zulauf Excels Through Knee Injury
|Brad has played in 4 games since our last update.
His knee remains asymptomatic and he has put up excellent numbers
for the team. He has scored 7 goals and put up 6 assists while the
team is 4-0 in those games. His playing time has steadily increased
as his fitness has returned. His knee is doing very well with no
signficant changes over the last two weeks. Brad continues his rehab
3x's per week, and he will maintain the program we have established
Zulauf Does Well in Early Return
|Brad has done well in the early part of his return
from an ACL injury. He played in about 1/2 of the Wesley College
game. He played the entire game against Montclair University and
scored a goal in the conference win on turf in Montlcair NJ. He
continues on his rehab program three days per week.
Zulauf Set to Attempt Return
|Brad has progressed well through rehab. His range
of motion is normal, and his quad and hamstring strength are equal
to his uninjured leg. He has progressed through a focused program
working on his proprioception and increasing his hamstring strength.
Functionally he has advanced through stationary hopping to plyometrics
without problems. Yesterday he warmed up with the team pregame,
and today he passed an aggressive fuctional running and cutting
tests. He will begin practicing with the team today, with a custom
DonJoy functional brace. Brad will be moved to the attack position,
since this involves less running than midfielder. We expect him
to participate on a limited basis in their game at Wesley College
tomorrow. He will continue his rehab with us 3 days per week and
we will continue to work on his propriception, hamstring strength
|3/5/01- Zulauf Diagnosed
with ACL Tear
|Brad returned to Dr. Zabinski today with his MRI.
The diagnosis was made that he has a complete tear of his ACL, but
no other associated damage to his knee. Brad
is a graduating senior and wants to try to play and delay his surgery
until the end of the season. We have explained the risks of this
to Brad and made a team decision to allow him this opportunity.
He will have to go through approximately 2 more weeks of rehab,
obtain a custum functional knee brace, and pass an aggressive functional
running test before he gets back on the field. Typically we do not
allow athletes to return to their sport without the ACL surgery,
but since Brad is making an informed decision and it's his final
season we are making an exception. His knee is doing very well.
There is no significant inflammation, Range of Motion has returned
to normal, and we will begin working on an aggressive rehab program
focusing on hamstring strength and proprioception.
|2/27/01- Zulauf Has
Probable ACL Tear
practice on Monday 2/26 Brad was making a cut when he felt a "pop"
and his right knee give way. No contact was involved. He was initially
evaluated on the field by the student athletic trainers and then
was escorted to the athletic training room. He was re-evaluated
at that time and an ACL injury was suspected. He was placed on crutches
and began treatments for pain and inflammation control. He was seen
by Dr. Steve Zabinski, MD of Shore University Orthopedic Associates
in Mays Landing, today. The diagnosis was made of a probable ACL
tear and he has an MRI scheduled for Thursday morning 3/1 to confirm
the injury. He will continue with rehab on a daily basis working
on pain and inflammation control and improving his range of motion.