About the Author

My name is Andrew Sacks. I’m a 26-year-old former college baseball player who recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and PCL in my right knee. I also had ACL surgery on my left knee 3 months after my right knee surgery. I attended college and played ball at UMBC and Frostburg State University, graduating with degrees in Exercise and Sport Science, and Psychology.

I am now a strength and conditioning coach in Baltimore, MD where I work with a large range of youth, high school, and collegiate baseball and softball players. I also write a blog about training, which can be found at andrewsacksperformance.com, and my work has also been published on Stack.com and T-Nation.com.

30 Responses to About the Author

  1. Steve says:

    Hey man, I am glad to see you are finding a way to stay active. I can relate with your week 1 findings as I experienced the same after my shoulder repair. I look forward to reading all about your recovery. Hang in there. Get ya smushin it down the drain heeeerrrreeeee!

  2. Alex says:

    Your blog is epic. Thanks. Just had my right ACL and meniscus done a week ago. I blew it about 9 months ago skateboarding.

    Finding your blog made my uncomfortable, brace hating evening.


  3. H.N. says:

    Just stumbled across your blog: Awesome. You sure have a way with words, lol. You should keep up the writing, even after your injury is healed!

  4. Dan says:

    Proud to say I found the blog looking for advice about how to poop while wearing a brace. Looks like you’re not updating anymore, I hope that means you’re busy living life again.

  5. Chris says:

    I started a blog as well after I tore my quadricep tendon completely off my knee on Christmas Eve. I can totally relate to your post about the knee immobilizer. I am ready to burn mine or throw it out of a moving car.

  6. Will says:

    I’m 8 days into ACL reconstruction rehab – until yesterday I was a little depressed and concerned about my knee / rehab etc.. Then I read your blog and almost pissed myself laughing. It massively cheered me up and reassured me about several things! Thank you – where is the latest update?!??!!!

  7. Andrew Sacks says:

    Thanks for the kind words. As for the latest update, I’m working on it right now, so I should have it up fairly soon.

  8. slowpokejen says:

    I’m two days post-surgery for ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. This is by far the finest resource about ACL surgery on the internet. Who knew a jock could write so well? 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    After my brother jiu-jitsu’d me to the ground a couple months ago, I’m finally getting ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair done tomorrow. I’ve been a little apprehensive, but I found your blog and have been laughing like a complete idiot for the past two days XD I’m sure my family thinks I’m insane, locked up in my room laughing like a maniac when I’m about to have my knee scrambled around. Thanks for the connection, the honest humor, and the reassurance. I’m gonna rock my brace like a champ. Or maybe more like a loser. But I’m gonna rock it.

  10. Andrew Sacks says:

    Haha definitely rock it like a champ. It’ll be over before you know it. Glad you like the blog.

  11. jchan says:

    Epic blog! Cracked myself laughing at some of the posts, currently in my first few days of post op rehab after acl surgery and i can definitely relate! Good to hear that your life is back on track!

  12. Mitchel says:

    Hey Andrew,

    I.just had my first acl.surgery this past Monday. You’re blog had helped me cope quite a bit and even inspired me to start my own documenting my post surgery experience. Just to let you know, I found it when I searched for ” when can I stop wearing this effing immobilizer”. I’m currently laying in bed trying to fall asleep without much luck because the brace makes my leg so hot and uncomfortable. Hopefully my narcotics kick in pretty soon… I only have one left so I’m pretty upset about that. But I just wanted to say thanks for what you did on here!

  13. Megan says:

    I was diagnosed yesterday with a blown acl and meniscus tear. I have surgery in a month and I am scared to death. I played college softball and never hurt anything. Now I am 27 and I play a harmless game of sand vball last fall and I finally got it checked out since it has been bugging me. Your blog is making me feel much better about the situation I am in. Thank you very much How does it feel now?

    • Andrew Sacks says:

      Hey Megan, I’m actually back to 100% now, playing baseball again at full strength, which is awesome. Sorry to hear about your injury (volleyball can be brutal on the knees), but all you have to do is keep at it and you can get back to normal

      • chuck says:

        Cool blog! I was looking up acl injuries and how long is the usual recovery time and I came across this. It was really insightful and had a lot of humor too. People going through something like this can draw from your experience and it will be very helpful for them. Glad to see your doing well.

  14. Rich Howes says:

    I played sports through high school, 4 years of college football and never had any serious injuries. Maybe a concussion ( can’t remember). Then I hit 34 years old. I have since had a total of 6 knee surgeries, with 4 if them being ACL replacements. I guess life is cumalative when it comes to knees. I will now resort to competitive scrabble I guess. Life goes on and I am sure I will replace my competitive drive with something. I hope everyone takes care of their knees!

  15. Stationary Kung Fu says:

    I had surgery 10 days ago to relocate my tibia and put in zombie cartilage after a bizarre yoga injury. Reading your blog has been, honestly, one of the best thing to get through these days of…hmm… a great deal of nothing (except for watching the entirety of firefly, south park, and 10th kingdom). I can not believe you went through two of these. Are you back to sports? Also, did you find any fun activities to do while stationary?

    • Andrew Sacks says:

      I am back playing sports at 100% now. Playing baseball May through September, with a few admittedly ill-advised basketball games thrown in every once in a while. I worked my ass off during my rehab and it definitely paid off. I can honestly say I’m sufffering from no lingering effects from the surgeries, and I appreciate every minute that I’m playing a sport now.

      As far as fun activities to do while stationary, there’s really not a long list. I spent a lot of time playing videogames on my Playstation, which is more fun than just watching shows and movies since you actually control what’s going on, and you can use your brain rather than just stare at a screen.

  16. daniel says:

    Awesome site. I couldn’t agree more with all that I’ve read. Everything from re-telling your injury story, taking a deuce and the pain-med/sleep/eat/repeat schedule has been dead on.

    I’m on week three of post surgery. I had my PCL and MCL reconstructed (zombie knee) while vacationing in Mexico. I went from all-inclusive resort paradise to living at my mom’s house again.

    I’ve gone through 4.5 seasons of Breaking Bad, countless movies, endless hours of MLB network/NFL network/ESPN and two of the best fantasy football teams I’ve ever drafted.

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one in the world going through the longest/boring-est vacation ever.

  17. daniel says:

    I meant I injured my knee while on vacation…..had surgery in the states.

  18. Riley says:

    I’m 4 days out of ACL surgery and this blog has literally been my entertainment. So funny and SO true! I got hurt in my preseason (I play college basketball) and it’s good to hear that you’re back to competing; I can’t wait to get back on the court. thanks Andrew for finding the humor in all this!

  19. Tammy says:

    Andrew! I would like to connect with you. I, too, just had knee surgery and wondered how you were doing since its been almost two years since you had your replacements. I’m 6 months post and still having problems. My blog is similar to yours, http://www.ltkneesurgery.blogspot.com. E-mail me- luckytamm@gmail.com. I want to hear about your knees and latest adventures!

  20. Candi Bur says:

    I am so glad that I found your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey through surgery. My daughter crashed on the landing of a double-back dismount off bars in gymnastics (into a foam pit, no less, with a fat mat on top). She was training Level 9 in gymnastics (Level 10s are usually what college gymasts are when they start college). She dislocated her tibia, sustaining a fracture of the tibial plateau, and suffered complete tears of her ACL, PCL, and LCL (the outside ligament). She will have surgery in two weeks (it will be almost 3 months after injury). They are going to use her quad for the graft for the ACL, her hamstring for the PCL, and a cadaver graft for the LCL. I am scared to death. I have to admit when I saw the photos of your leg after surgery my heart sank. When I read about your pain during physical therapy, I wanted to cry. I hate that she has to go through all that. However, your recent posts have given me hope for her future. She may never return to gymnastics, but she is so active and so athletic, we want her to be able to do other things like run, bike, ski, or whatever. The doctor says he just wants her to be able to walk and maybe ride her bike. Not very encouraging. So thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you are continuing to do well and enjoying your life!

  21. chubaoyolu says:

    Hey man,

    Nice blog. I’d like for you to review my brand new eBook. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-kneed-of-repair/id898644312?mt=11. Let me know, and I’ll send you a free promo code. #aclsurgerysurvivors #rise

  22. Sarah says:

    Hi there! I’m recovering from the fulkerson. I found your site and have really enjoyed reading it. I cannot get the picture of Bambi with aluminum legs out of my head, slipping all over the place! I feel like the million Legos in my boys’ room with hardwood is going to be my certain death.
    Thanks for making me laugh when I needed it the most.

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