Mackenzie Loesing picked up a ball in kindergarten and never looked back – playing AAU and at high school before signing a letter of intent to play Division 1 basketball at the University at Buffalo. After signing that letter and committing to UB, Loesing tore her right anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL). She needed reconstructive surgery.
“Most of what we see is arthritis long term,” said Dr. Bisson. He says arthritis can kick in 10 to 15 years after an initial injury occurs so someone tearing an ACL when they’re in high school, can have lingering pain when they’re in their mid-thirties.
Loesing will have to wear a brace the rest of her life. She says her injuries and having to give up basketball has taught her a lot about life.