is a junior midfielder on the women's soccer team. During her sophomore
year, she injured her right knee when she collided with another
player during a conference playoff game at TCNJ on November 5, 2002.
The following evening Dana was referred for orthopedic evaluation
locally and later saw Dr. Lewis Maharam, MD at Columbia-Presbyterian
Hospital in New York for an MRI on 11/8/03. She was diagnosed with
an ACL tear as well as contusions of the femoral condyles and tibial
plateau. Although this was a season ending injury, Dana went on
to be named 1st Team All-Conference for the '02 season. Prior to
her surgery date, Dana continued with her rehab, focusing on decreasing
inflammation, pain control, increasing range of motion as well quad
strength. Her surgery was scheduled at NYU Hospital for Joint Disease
on November 27, 2002. They used part of Dana's hamstring as her
new ACL. Going into her surgery, Dana had regained almost complete
range of motion and had
begun riding the stationary bike, ¼ squats, and proprioception work.
One week post surgery, Dana was back in the Stockton Athletic Training
room to begin rehab. She was in five times a week up until winter
break. At this time Dana returned home and resumed physical therapy
at a HealthSouth in Ringwood, NJ. On January 8, 2003 Dana was cleared
to begin jogging. At 10 weeks post surgery Dana was progressing
very well with rehab and was ahead of schedule. Her doctor cleared
her to begin working on kicking and dribbling drills with a soccer
ball. Functionally, she was now jogging on the treadmill and her
rehab included the slideboard and stationary pattern hopping. At
just about 3 months post surgery Dr. Maharam cleared Dana to return
to all sport activities, however, we decided to take a more conservative
approach. As a precaution, Dana did not participate
in the spring soccer season, but we put her on a more aggressive
functional rehab program. At the beginning of April, Dana entered
her final phase of rehab. Dana's ACL rehab probably progessed faster
than any other athlete with this injury at Stockton. Her formal
rehab concluded the second week of May at Stockton. She continued
on a home program over the summer months. In early June, Dana returned
to competitive soccer, playing in a summer league. In the 2003 fall
season Dana continued rehab on a preventive basis 2 days per week.
She went on to play in all 21 games and start 20. She finished fifth
on the team in scoring with 11 points (3 goals, and 5 assists).
Dana did not miss any practices from symptoms related to her knee
surgery for the entire season.