Sports Medicine Patient Stories
We’re Here to Get You Back to Your Passion
Athletes are a tough bunch – driven to succeed and driven to get back to their sport after an injury. Hear the stories of these patients who have come back full force after a debilitating injury from sports.
Gunnar: Surgery for ACL Injury
Now I am 11 months-plus post-surgery and everything is going super well. I had a successful ski season . . . Now I know I can go out and rip turns and feel awesome and feel completely normal again. I felt like the sports medicine department can relate to you . . . and help you achieve the goals that you want to get back to, and my goals were to get back into ski racing and back to lacrosse, and I’ve done that thus far.
Ben: Testing for Sports Concussion
“Knowing what we know about concussions, it’s been a constant worry of mine knowing that you can’t sustain very many concussions without worrying about future lifelong implications,” said Ben’s mom, Becky. “The concussion program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock was so easy to deal with…we had our answer the following day after he had the ImPACT™ test done.”
Sarah: ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair
Dr. Karlson knew it was really important to me to get back [to sports] as soon as I could. She understood because she was an athlete as well . . . but also the importance of making sure it all goes smoothly.
Samuel: ACL Replacement
Dr. Sparks involved me in making decisions from step one–whether or not to have surgery. During the next two meetings, Dr. Sparks answered my questions and explained my options for the treatment and the types of surgery. He listened to me and I was very reassured by the end of the third visit that most of my questions were answered and that the surgery would be beneficial.
Hannah: ACL Reconstruction
Hear Hannah Kearney’s story about ACL reconstruction and how she went on to win gold in the 2010 Olympics.
Better Than Before Surgery
Dr. Carr was the right surgeon for me. He described all possible treatment options, talked with me about outcomes and how many ACL surgeries he's performed. I credit Steve Vincente, my physical therapist, in getting me on the road to recovery. His positive energy made all the difference. I am happy to say my knee is not only as good as it was before, it's better.Hannah Kearney / 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion freestyle skier
No Big Deal
The most surprising thing about having a complete hip replacement was that it really wasn't a big deal. I'd say all through the journey, from surgery to recovery, you've got to remember it takes some effort. There is some discomfort, but it was well worth it and I won't hesitate again to have my right one done.Ted Davis / Total Hip Patient
What Surprised Me the Most
I didn't know I could do what I can do now and that's what surprised me the most. At my age and with the injuries I had, I thought I was done. Being able to sit straight up is a big deal. Being able to nod my head, twist it side-to-side...that's a really, really big deal. I wasn't able to do those things when I got here.Derek Hampton / Functional Restoration Program graduate
Achieving Your Goals
Now I know I can go out and rip turns and feel awesome and feel completely normal again. I felt like the sports medicine department can relate to you...and help you achieve the goals that you want to get back to, and my goals were to get back into ski racing and back to lacrosse, and I've done that thus far.Gunnar / ACL Repair Surgery