Lowe overcomes third ACL tear to return to Friendswood High School football team better, stronger than ever Junior returns to ‘best season’ yet after successful surgery, rehab and honored with CHRISTUS St. John Sports Medicine Hall of Fame award
Friendswood, Texas ─ Justin Lowe was, understandably, a little nervous at the start of the football season.
In addition, Lowe was returning to the field after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which sidelined him at the end of last season. It was his third ACL tear, and his first in the left knee.
Fortunately, following successful surgery, months of physical therapy and hard work rebuilding his strength with his school’s athletic trainers, Lowe is back and better than ever.
“This is definitely my best season so far,” he says.
That success wasn’t a given one year ago, when a tackle left Lowe lying on the field with intense leg pain. Since he had experienced two torn ACLs in his right leg, one while he was in junior high and another as a high school freshman, he was familiar with the feeling.
“I was pretty sure that’s what it was. It was the same feeling as the other times,” he recalls. “I thought oh, no, not again. I can’t believe it’s happening again.”
Despite the previous two ACL tears in his right leg, this was the first injury to his left knee. Given his successful recovery from previous injuries to the ACL in his right leg, the prognosis was good for recovery and a return to his sport, says Daniel O’Neill, MD, the surgeon who operated on all three of Lowe’s ACL tears.