Libertyville senior Ellie Daugerdas hears it all the time from her high school soccer and travel teammates. They talk about how knee injuries happen to other players, not to them.
“A lot of kids have this ‘I’m invincible’ mentality,” Daugerdas said. “Personally, I felt that way.”
But in April 2013, while playing for the Wildcats, Daugerdas leaped in an attempt to win a 50-50 ball. On her descent, she landed awkwardly on her left leg. She felt a pop. An MRI revealed a torn ACL, requiring surgery. Later, doctors said her body structure made her more susceptible to the type of injury she suffered.
“Because of the way I landed, they could tell certain things, that my knee could give out,” Daugerdas said. “I didn’t think a [knee] injury would happen to me.”