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When Sport Brings Us to Our Knees

By: Jess Cunningham

Paperback | 1 August 2022

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Australia has the highest anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction rate in the world. HOW does this happen? WHY does this happen?

In a book that aims to raise more questions than it answers, Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist Jess Cunningham shines a unique lens on ACL injuries and their management by sharing the insightful and inspiring stories of 13 Australian athletes and their journeys through injury, rehabilitation, and return to sport. Reflecting on their unique experiences, each athlete provides valuable insights and advice so that anyone working through their own ACL injury can learn from their successes-as well as their mistakes-and be motivated to complete their rehabilitation successfully so as to return to the sport or active life they love and avoid re-rupture.

The book aims to act as a conversation starter opening up the necessary dialogue between patients, surgeons, and therapists to ensure the best decisions are made with regard to patient-specific ACL treatment, as well as increasing awareness around evidence-based training programs that have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of ACL injuries (and re-ruptures) from occurring in the first place.

The common phrase from the athletes interviewed for this book tells its story: "I wish something like this had existed when I was going through it all."

Now it does.

10% of all proceeds donated to Sporting Chance Foundation - helping aspiring Indigenous Australian athletes realise their full potential following sports injury.

Industry Reviews

"The must read book for anyone who has injured an ACL, or has been involved with rehabbing one!"

Dr Matt Whalan - Football Australia Player Availability & Perform+ Coordinator

"This book is the perfect guide that acts as proof that no matter how gloomy the road ahead appears, you are not alone and that others have limped, then walked and then run the same path. There's something deeply comforting about that."

David Joyce - High Performance Consultant/Founder of Synapsing, Author/editor of 'High-Performance Training for Sports' and 'Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation'

"The moment an athlete is struck down with an ACL injury, the fear of the unknown strikes. What does the future hold for them? Where to from here? A thousand questions that create anxiety and can overwhelm even the toughest of athletes. The power of this book is its ability to silence the internal questions that can plague an athlete's mind. With advice from some of the best in the industry, along with the real-life stories of athletes that have been in the same position, and have overcome the very same challenges that await a newly injured athlete. There is nothing more powerful than reading the journey of another as you embark on the same journey."

?Lachlan Wilmot - Co-owner and Director of Athletes Authority

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