Richard Stockton College Athletic Training

Update on Scafidi's Knee Surgery
 (Information provided by Jon Heck, MS, ATC, Coordinator of Athletic Training)

Nick Scafidi Background: Nick is a sophomore on the men's soccer team. His hometown is Laurel Springs, NJ and he attended Triton High School.

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11/22/02- Scafidi Completes Season
Nick completed the soccer season on 11/16. Although he developed some lateral pain toward the end of the season he never experienced any inflammation or loss of motion. Nick also didn't miss any participation time due to his knee injury since he returned to full competition. He will continue a strengthening program on his own for his knee during the off season.
 
10/28/02- Scafidi Remains Problem Free
Nick has been playing without limitations regarding his knee surgery. He has reported no symptoms or problems. He did sprain his ankle on his other leg and we have been focusing on that injury in rehab. He is currently doing preventive strength training on his knee at least one day per week.
 
9/27/02- Scafidi Returns 3 Weeks After Surgery
Nick Scafidi returns to full practice today and is expected to play tomorrow in the game against Kean University. He returns exactly three weeks after arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscal tear. He had a limited practice with the team on Wednesday and has accelerated through his rehabilitation process. He will continue rehab 3 days/ week on a preventive basis.
 
9/24/02- Scafidi Passes Functional Test
On Monday 9/23 Nick ran 1 mile without any pain or symptoms on grass. He traveled with the team to an away tournatment over the weekend and worked on his hopping program and shooting/ dribbling drills. Today Nick passed a functional test of sprinting, cutting, and jumping. He will now begin a gradual return to full practice with the team. His rehab has proceeded exceptionally well at just over two weeks post surgery.
 
9/20/02- Scafidi Begins Stationary Hopping
We attempted a 5 minute jog with Nick on Thursday 9/19. During the run he developed some lateral knee pain. He concluded the remainder of his rehab without any additional problems. We decided on Friday to hold off on any additional running until after the weekend. We began stationary front/ back and side/ side hopping in place of the jogging. Nick continues his strength training, stationary/bike, and ROM and proprioception work daily.
 
9/16/02- Scafidi Continues to Progress
Nick returned to Dr. Zuck on Thursday 9/12 and he is no longer wearing a knee brace. He has progressed to doing the leg press, knee extension, hamstring curl, hip adduction, and hip abduction in the weight room. He is also biking and doing the stairmaster. We expect Nick to continue rehab 5 days/ week until he returns.
 
9/9/02- Scafidi Begins Rehab
Nick had a partial lateral menisectomy on 9/6/02. He reported to the athletic training room on Monday 9/9 and demonstrated a good quad contraction, full extension and knee flexion to 90 degrees. He began rehab that included Range of Motion (ROM) exercises, quad strengthening, and 1/4 squats. He began walking without crutches on Monday in his brace. By Tuesday his flexion returned to normal. His rehab progressed to include stationary biking and hamstring strengthening and balance/ proprioception work.
 
8/29/02- Scafidi Injures Knee
During practice on 8/20/02 Nick injured his knee and began to have pain on the lateral aspect of the area. He was unsure of the exact mechanism of injury. He continued to play on the injury and it gradually worsened. He reported the injury on 8/24/02 to the Stockton Athletic Training Staff. A lateral meniscal injury was suspected and Nick was removed from participation. He saw Dr. Glenn Zuck, DO from Pace Orthopedics in Somers Point on 8/28. He was diagnosed with a meniscal tear and arthroscopic surgery was scheduled on Friday 9/6. His MRI confirmed this diagnosis.
   
   
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