According to surgeon Julian Feller, AFL players may soon be able to return from knee construction surgery in approximately seven months rather than 12 months. The AFL will be funding a research group of top doctors as they take a look into all of the league’s serious knee injuries that have been sustained over the past 10 years. The group of surgeons will be looking at specific trends in recovery since most AFL clubs view traditional knee-construction surgery as a year on the sidelines for the injured player. However, Feller feels players may be able to significantly reduce their recovery time in the future. Be sure to look over the CrownBet AFL Odds before each round of the footy season.
Feller recently spoke to AFL.com and said,
I don’t think it’ll come back to being a six-month recovery, but it might come back to a situation where nine to 10 months doesn’t seem unusual, and seven or eight seems feasible. Australia traditionally has been a little bit more conservative than other countries, and we would argue that maybe our game puts greater demands on the knee. So I think that will take time for people to be confident to do that.
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Several players have returned to AFL action a lot quicker than 12 months over the years, but many of them end up tearing their knees again and need further surgery. Some players who sat out for a 12-month period and haven’t reinjured their knees as of yet include Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker, Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawthorn Hawks and Fremantle Dockers’ ruckman Jonathon Griffin. All of these players tore their anterior cruciate ligaments in 2013. Be sure to view the latest CrownBet AFL Odds before making a wager.
Both Greater Western Sydney forward Jonathan Patton and Collingwood defender came back earlier than 12 months, but Patton reinjured his knee and had to undergo a second reconstruction operation. Also, 19-year-old Matt Scharenberg of the Magpies tore his ACL last August and he’s going to return to action in early May, just eight months following the injury. Feller remarked that some football players who are coming back a bit earlier from knee reconstructions aren’t having a problem, but everybody’s recovery time is different. Punters and fans alike look to the CrownBet AFL Odds each week before making their picks.
The doctor added that all players need to make sure they’re in top condition before attempting to play again after tearing an ACL and some players reach that level more quickly than others. According to the AFL, 23 players had to undergo knee construction operations in 2013 and eight of them were players who reinjured themselves because of graft failure, which represents more than 33 per cent of them. An additional knee surgery known as an extra-articular lateral tenodesis will now be performed on some players who require it as it’s believed to provide more stability to a player’s knee. Don’t forget to look over the CrownBet AFL Odds this weekend.
According to Feller, the extra-articular lateral tenodesis used to be used frequently in the 1990s, but for some reason most surgeons stopped performing it when repairing damaged knees. He stated, “It gives you, if you like, an external anterior cruciate ligament, which helps protect the real one inside.” Presently, Daniel Menzel of the Geelong Cats has had four knee-reconstruction operations and Alex Johnson of the Sydney Swans and Anthony Morabito of the Dockers have had three surgeries and are both suffering from complications. So far in the 2015 season seven players have torn their ACL and Jaeger O’Meara of the Gold Coast Titans is out for the campaign after tearing his patella tendon. To see what your team’s chances of winning are this week take a look at the CrownBet AFL Odds.