Dec 1, 2015HS Receiver Plays 6 Weeks After ACL Surgery
With a lot of hard work and physical factors in his favor, West Lafayette (Ind.) High School senior wide receiver Spencer Ronchetto returned to play just six weeks after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee. With his team going on a deep postseason run, Ronchetto was able to get in enough practice time to play in the state title game last weekend.
According to the Lafayette Journal and Courier, Ronchetto was injured during a game six weeks ago. Although the injury was initially devastating, Ronchetto was optimistic about a return to the field after meeting with his physical therapist, John Edwards, PT, ATC, who told him about a basketball player who had come back from a similar injury in six weeks.
“We took a little bit of a risk,” Dr. Robert Hagen, who performed the surgery, told the Lafayette Journal and Courier. “We talked with mom and dad and got him a brace to see what he can do. I wish we had a couple more weeks, but I was glad he was able to play.”
Along with a tireless approach to rehab, Ronchetto’s recovery was aided by bone’s density and the large amount of muscle that was around his knee. The hard work paid off with Ronchetto making his 62nd and 63rd catches of the season, although his team lost the game.