Emily Neff’s ACL Recovery

In her Sophomore year, Emily injured her left knee during a basketball game in March of 2017 after landing from a jump and feeling a “pop”. Her athletic trainer, Ryan Ingley, who was present at the game evaluated her immediately on the court. Ryan, who works in the Sports Medicine department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was able to schedule Emily a next day appointment with Dr. Rodenberg. After seeing Dr. Rodenberg, an MRI was ordered and follow-up visit revealed a torn ACL and an MCL sprain. Emily was immediately referred to Dr. Klingele in Orthopedics for a surgical consultation. Emily underwent ACL reconstructive surgery just a little over a month after her injury. Emily’s treatment team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital worked quickly and efficiently to start her road to recovery.

Over the next couple of months Emily worked diligently with her team of physical therapists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During her recovery and therapy, she never missed one basketball or soccer practice or camp. While she could not actively participate, she was in attendance supporting her teammates and conversing with her coaches. Her dedication and great work ethic helped to get her back on the soccer field the following fall of her junior year, where in the regional final soccer game, just 6 months post op, Emily scored a hat trick. Working hand-in-hand with her athletic trainers she built up her confidence and helped lead her soccer team to back to back Division II State Final Four appearances, her junior and senior year. “Emily is a phenomenal athlete who embodies hard work and persistence. She continues to excel in athletics and life because of this” said Lori Holmes, one of Emily’s athletic trainers.

In her senior year she has been named captain on both her soccer and basketball teams partly based on her ongoing dedication, leadership and support of the teams even during her rehab. Ryan said, “The most rewarding part of my job is getting my athletes back on the field and seeing them do what they love most.”

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  • Name: Emily N.Emily Neff
  • Condition(s): ACL Tear/Sprain
  • Age at Treatment: 16
  • Age Today: 01/05/200121 Years

In her Sophomore year, Emily injured her left knee during a basketball game in March of 2017 after landing from a jump and feeling a “pop”. Her athletic trainer, Ryan Ingley, who was present at the game evaluated her immediately on the court. Ryan, who works in the Sports Medicine department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was able to schedule Emily a next day appointment with Dr. Rodenberg. After seeing Dr. Rodenberg, an MRI was ordered and follow-up visit revealed a torn ACL and an MCL sprain. Emily was immediately referred to Dr. Klingele in Orthopedics for a surgical consultation. Emily underwent ACL reconstructive surgery just a little over a month after her injury. Emily’s treatment team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital worked quickly and efficiently to start her road to recovery.

Over the next couple of months Emily worked diligently with her team of physical therapists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During her recovery and therapy, she never missed one basketball or soccer practice or camp. While she could not actively participate, she was in attendance supporting her teammates and conversing with her coaches. Her dedication and great work ethic helped to get her back on the soccer field the following fall of her junior year, where in the regional final soccer game, just 6 months post op, Emily scored a hat trick. Working hand-in-hand with her athletic trainers she built up her confidence and helped lead her soccer team to back to back Division II State Final Four appearances, her junior and senior year. “Emily is a phenomenal athlete who embodies hard work and persistence. She continues to excel in athletics and life because of this” said Lori Holmes, one of Emily’s athletic trainers.

In her senior year she has been named captain on both her soccer and basketball teams partly based on her ongoing dedication, leadership and support of the teams even during her rehab. Ryan said, “The most rewarding part of my job is getting my athletes back on the field and seeing them do what they love most.”

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