On wounded knees

In 2006, several months after injuring her knee playing ultimate frisbee, Emily Reynolds was knocked down by a rogue wave while swimming in the Outer Banks. In pain, she returned to the doctors who had previously diagnosed her with a sprained knee.

“I went back and had an MRI. I had torn my ACL and my meniscus. Had I done it in the first place? I think yes, but I’m not a medical doctor,” Emily said.

Knee braces on the Ultimate Frisbee Field

Today, six years later, she is still dealing with the complications of the injury to her anterior cruciate ligament, the ACL. And, she’s got plenty of company, at least four of her teammates from the William and Mary Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team have suffered tears or partial tears to the ACL. While that may sound like just really bad luck, statistics show that female athletes are about 5 times more likely to tear their ACL then male athletes, usually during cutting or jumping sports like soccer, basketball, and yes, ultimate frisbee. Continue reading