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Like too many, Andi Boe tore her ACL — this is how she returned

Posted on June 28, 2018 | Addison Independent by Andy Kirkaldy

RECENT MIDDLEBURY UNION High School graduate Andi Boe was well on her way to soccer season-high goal and assist totals last fall before suffering a season-ending injury in the fifth game of her senior year. After surgery and challenging rehab Boe returned to action in time to help the Tiger girls’ lacrosse team win a state championship. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series.

MIDDLEBURY — It was just a routine play, according to recent Middlebury Union High School graduate Andi Boe (pictured, left).

It happened in the fifth game of her final soccer season, on Sept. 19, 2017, at Rice Memorial High School. Boe, by her senior year already a multi-sport all-state athlete, had racked up seven goals and four assists in the Tigers’ first four games.

After soccer, Boe planned to add to her career totals of 51 goals and 62 assists in ice hockey, help the MUHS girls’ lacrosse team repeat as Division I champion, and then give college lacrosse a try.

The sky seemed the limit.

Then that afternoon Boe cut between two Rice opponents and touched the ball forward. One Rice player challenged her from the left, making what Boe insists was clean contact that bumped the Tiger all-star off course. The other Rice player closed in from the right, leaving Boe no space to land properly.

“I had no room to step and prevent myself from falling,” Boe recounted. “So with my foot still planted I went down. And I heard it. People on the sidelines heard it.

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Andi Boe, Part II: When an athlete goes down

Posted on July 5, 2018 | Addison Independent By Andy Kirkaldy

ANDI BOE, SECOND from right, celebrates with her Tiger teammates after winning the Division I girls' lacrosse state championship in June (Independent file photo/Trent Campbell). Below, in a courtesy photo, Boe is announced before the start of the Tiger soccer senior game last fall. Boe was injured in the fifth game of the soccer season and missed the rest of the soccer season and the entire ice hockey season.

Part two of a series. Part One, published on June 28, showed how in her senior soccer season Middlebury Union High School three-sport athlete Andi Boe suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, how common it is, how Middlebury surgeon Ben Rosenberg treated it, and how Boe faced some of the psychological challenges that come with being a sidelined athlete.

MIDDLEBURY — Five days after surgeon Ben Rosenberg operated this past November on Andi Boe’s right knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Boe, a three-sport all-state athlete who had played in four state finals, faced a new challenge.

One of Vermont’s quickest high school female athletes, Boe struggled to meet her first post-op target when she met with Physical Therapist Matt Horne at Wells Physical Therapy in Middlebury.

“Matt had his hand two inches over my foot just trying to get me to touch it, and I couldn’t even pick my leg up,” Boe recalled. “But by the end of that day I could pick my leg up and down. It was so painful, but when I got out of there I felt like so satisfied because it was the first thing I accomplished.”

That was Boe’s first physical step in rehabbing a knee injured back on Sept. 19 during a soccer game. Her medial collateral ligament (MCL) was also strained, but not torn, and she also suffered a tear in her meniscus cartilage, which helps cushion the knee joint. Rosenberg had determined the MCL would heal itself, and that he should leave the meniscus tear alone because it was small, hard to reach and near a nerve.

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Resource Links

We have provided these links to other websites that may be of interest to our patients. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has an excellent website with a section for patients called Your Orthopaedic Connection. This educational material may overlap or supplement the information available at the Patient Education section in our website.