Answers 19 ACL Related Questions
a freshman, Belinda was a guard for the women's basketball
team. She injured her knee in just the third game of the season
at an away game at Rutgers-Camden in November of 1998. She
was driving toward the basket and pulled up suddenly to make a pass
and felt her knee twist in two "different" directions. Upon
returning to the athletic training room at Stockton she was evaluated
and an ACL tear/ meniscal tear was suspected. She was referred
to Dr. Steve Zabinski, MD of Shore University Orthopedic Associates
in Somers Point, NJ and the diagnosis was made. Dr. Zabinski
performed and ACL reconstruction on her knee at Shore Memorial Hospital
within two weeks of her injury in early December. Belinda
began her early phase rehab at Stockton until the semester ended.
During Winter Break she did rehab at NovaCare in Glassboro, NJ.
Upon her return to Stockton she began an intense rehabilitation
program 5 days/ week from January
through May. She began her rehab a bit timid but rapidly gained
confidence and took a aggressive attitude toward her reconditioning.
She's most noted for not complaining .... at all. Upon going
home for the summer she was ready to weight train on her own and
continued her sprinting and plyometric program. When she returned
to Stockton in September of 1999 she began her first participation
in live "pick-up" basketball games. She also started rehabilitation
3 times/ week. She was ready to participate when the season
began, and only had some minor problems in the early season.
Belinda continued her rehab during the season and did not miss a
single practice due to her knee injury. Her high mark of the
season was an 8 point performance against The College of NJ.
Belinda contributed off the bench to the team that won it's first
NJAC Conference Championship and gained entrance into the NCAA Tournament.