Hey everyone. I haven't been on here in a while. Just thought I'd share an experience I'm going through I tore my ACL in November at a tournament, just throwing a combination and slipping back on my landing leg. Slippage happens all the time but due to refereeing all day and not warming up properly I got what was coming to me. The interesting thing is that the pain lasted less than a minute and I probably could have finished the match, but I'm not stupid. I knew something really bad had happened in my knee. But like I said, it wasn't painful for very long and I was able to move normally and even promise spar with the student I was coaching immediately afterward. The next morning it was extremely stiff and swollen and bending my knee was difficult for a few days. I regained full range of motion except hyper-extension even after re-injurring it 2 more times after a month, after that I toned it down to 30% effort. After an MRI, I discovered it was completely torn from the Femur. I decided to get reconstructive surgery when light jogging began to give me some pain after a quarter mile. It's been 3 weeks since the surgery, Quadriceps Tendon Auto-graph reconstruction has a 9 month recovery. Let me tell you: Physical Therapy has been one of the most painful experiences I've ever had. Especially bending my knee. Getting it to 90 degrees requires a long excruciating series of repetitions. Going past that seems impossible. Now I know why I've heard people say that ACL injuries are one of the worst and most painful, it's got to do with recovery after reconstruction. It's interesting how you have to break something in order to fix it, that is, when it's not working properly. And it no longer amazes me that there are and have been Olympians competing with torn ACL's, PCL's, MCL's. Has anyone had an experience with a torn ACL and reconstruction?