is sophomore midfielder on the women's soccer team. During her freshman
year in a home game against North Carolina Wesleyan on 10/16/01
she collided with the goalkeeper and experienced a subluxation of
her left patella. She was reffered to Dr. Steve Zabinski, MD from
Shore University Orthopedic Associates and her knee was aspirated.
She was then referred for an MRI, which revealed a probable subluxation
episode, bone bruising, and a small bone fragment from her patella.
Due to the small size of the fragment surgical intervention did
not seem warranted. However, during her rehab in the following weeks
she experienced a locking episode due to this fragment. This resulted
in an arthroscopic surgery to remove this fragment
and to perform a Lateral Release on her patella on 11/7/01 at Shore
Memorial Hosptial in Somers Point, NJ. The injury caused Megan to
miss the remaining 7 games of the 2001 season, although she still
managed to lead the team in assists. Megan then began rehab with
Stockton Athletic Training Services on 11/14. She had a significant
amount of quad dysfunction after her surgery and Megan did not initially
comply very well with her rehab program. For these reasons she was
behind in her recovery in December. Initially in her rehab we attempted
to work on her quad muscle control and we began working on her knee
flexion on 11/19. During the winter break she did her rehab at home
at a HealthSouth Rehab Center. She
returned to rehab 3x's per week after the break on 1/22/02 at Stockton.
Because of her early setbacks, her Range of Motion (ROM) did not
return to normal until mid February and her terminal extension (quad
strength) did not return until early March. She was cleared to begin
running on 3/20/02. Megan then progressed to agility drills by early
April. Initially this included the slide board and stationary hopping.
She advanced to running and cutting drills by mid April. Megan made
her rehab quite a bit more challenging by her early non-compliance.
By mid-March she had dedicated herself to completing her rehab and
made a quick and timely recovery from that point. She was cleared
to return to soccer activities in May by Dr. Zabinski. She returned
for the full pre-season in August of 2002. Megan continued preventive
rehab with us 2 days per week, and she played in all 23 games for
the soccer team. She went on to score 4 goals and 6 assists (14
points) and helped advance the team to the ECAC Playoffs. Megan
was also named NJAC All-Conference Second Team in '02.
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