is a sophomore midfielder on the men's soccer team. He
injured his knee during pre-season on August 20th. He did not
report the injury initially and continued to practice. His knee
gradually worsened and he presented to the Stockton Athletic Training
staff on 8/24. A lateral meniscal tear was suspected and he was
referred to Dr. Glenn Zuck, DO from Pace Orthopedics on 8/28 and
the diagnosis was confirmed with an MRI. He had an arthroscopic
partial menisectomy performed at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers
Point, NJ on 9/6/02. Nick began rehab with us 5 days/ week on 9/9/02.
He was walking without crutches in his knee brace at this time.
Initially his rehab focused on quad strengthening, and improving
his Range of Motion (ROM) and balance work. He had progressed to
stationary biking the next day. On 9/12 his knee brace was discontinued
and his rehab progressed to the leg press, knee extensions, hamstring
curls and hip strengthening in the weight room. His ROM had returned
to normal by this time. He also began working on the stairmaster
in addition to the bike for 20-30 minutes per day. He was cleared
to begin jogging by Dr. Zuck on 9/19. However, in his first attempt
at a 5 minute jog he developed lateral knee pain at the 3 minute
mark. His running was then discontinued, but he
was able to perform stationary hopping with no symptoms. We again
allowed him to attempting jogging on 9/23, which he completed with
no problems and we began agility and functional work in rehab. He
completed a 1 mile jog on grass the next day . He passed a functional
running/ cutting test on 9/25, and began a gradual return to full
participation with the team. Nick returned to full practice with
the team on 9/27, just three weeks after his surgery date. He played
in the game the next day against Kean University. From this point
Nick continued rehab 3 days/ week for the remainder of the season.
He did not experience any significant inflammation or knee pain
for the remainder of the season. He went on to play in 11 games
for the men's soccer team and contributed to their second consecutive
NJAC Conference Championship.