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I Fought the Disc, and the Disc Won


No Future as a Knee Model
By: JuliaM

I'm a runner, mountain biker, rock climber, and skier who's had surgery three times on my left knee (torn lateral meniscus three times, radial tear of the medial meniscus once). I'm back to (or still?) running, training for another half marathon. My most recent knee surgery was July 2010 and my knee still isn't quite what it was.

I'm also a mother of two small children who sometimes accompany me on my runs.


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I Fought the Disc, and the Disc Won - Apr 19
I've taken up Ultiimate Frisbee. Perhaps it's not the wisest choice, given my knee history, but my husband is an avid player and suggested we join a team together as a fun ...
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That Popping Sound is Normal, Right? - Apr 01
My knee's been better and better and better since last summer's surgery. But it still makes a weird popping sound if there's any lateral pressure (or if I, say, bend it while ...
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Posted: Apr 19, 2011 8:23
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  • I Fought the Disc, and the Disc Won
    I've taken up Ultiimate Frisbee. Perhaps it's not the wisest choice, given my knee history, but my husband is an avid player and suggested we join a team together as a fun date night (at least, until mountain biking season begins, at which point that will be our new date time--hurray!!).

    I'm terrible at it, but it's fun. Some people prefer dinner and a movie. Me? I love running around on a field for two hours every Friday night. However, my knee does not. I don't know if it is the sprinting, the sudden stops, the sharp turns, or the layouts, but here I am, sore.

    My knee is a hot mess, actually. I thought my hamstring would be my limiting factor, but after the most recent Frisbee game, my knee is what hurts, a constant nagging pain.

    I went ahead and did my long run on Sunday anyway. I don't think it was a bad idea, exactly. But this isn't the sort of pain that ice will help. It's inside, a hint that something's not right. Not wrong, perhaps, but definitely not quite right.

    From where the pain is, I'm guessing that the huge radial tear in my medial meniscus might need a little more healing time before I take up Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, or any other sport that potentially twists the knee.

    Or maybe, if I'm serious about my running goals, I have to quit the team and figure out a different sort of date night with my husband.

    *sigh* What's even playing at the theaters these days, anyway?
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  • By: JuliaM: Apr, 27, 2011 20:42 PM
    Hi AmariT, I don't quite understand how UF works, either, much to the chagrin of my team!  :)  I just run around hoping someone throws me the disc and trying to keep the person I'm marking from getting it, to varying degrees of success.

    Basically there is a LOT of sprinting, lots of sudden starts and sudden stops and quick turns, some falling (usually with outstretched arms). So it can be a sport high in knee injuries. And no, I wasn't wearing a brace. I think it might help me be mindful of my knee, but it wouldn't do much more than that.

    Thanks for your comment!

    By: AmariT: Apr, 19, 2011 16:11 PM
    My brother used to play Ultimate Frisbee in college. I've never quite understood how it works. 

    Were you wearing a brace while playing Ultimate Frisbee?  


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