I'd like you all to meet a very good friend of mine, Emilie, who has bravely chosen to share her journey of recovery with us. Sadly, being injured is a part of football, and something that all players will have to deal with - some more than others. As girls, we are more prone to knee injury and I am sure that you will all know at least one person who has had the 'dreaded' ACL injury. But what me and Em are trying to do is to show you girls that being injured is okay and, no matter how long it takes, recovery is possible. Also, if that you are going through the rehabilitation process that you are not alone. Many girls up and down the country will be in the same position as you and we want to create a 'girl squad' that is supportive of one another's journey. So here is Blog Post Number 1!
If you would like to reach out and speak about your story then get in touch! Email me at email@example.com - us girls are strong! But what makes us even stronger is when we come together!
BLOG POST 1
Heeeeey guys! My names Emilie Revitt, I’m 22 years old and I’m originally from North Wales! Firstly, before I go into detail, I just want to say a big thank you to my very good friend Grace V of MissKick for allowing me to work so closely with such an amazing brand and company!
So, this is my first written blog! Within these blogs I’m going to be showing the other side to football…injuries. Within the past 3 years I have suffered two serious knee injuries. These blogs are to show young inspiring female footballers that it is perfectly okay to be injured and the importance of looking after yourself when injured, to make getting back to the sport even easier! I’m going to take you through my surgeries, my rehabilitation and all the ups and downs that come with these injuries just to show you that it is OK and its not the end of the world!
Where do I start hey? Well a bit about me first, like I said I’m 22, I am originally from Rhyl in North Wales. I played football from the age of 4, at the start I played for boy’s teams until I was 14 which is then when I had to play for girl’s teams due to the gender difference in the sport. I played for Kinmel Bay Girls for 7 amazing seasons in that time playing nationally for Wales and scoring a number of goals for my country. When I was 16, I then went and played for Liverpool Ladies FC where I stayed for 5 seasons, however during my 4thseason at Liverpool I suffered my first serious knee injury.
August 16th 2015, Man City away in a pre-season friendly, it’s during this game I ruptured my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), torn my MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), torn my patella tendon and fractured my Lateral head. As you can see from the list, that’s quite a lot to do during one injury, but unfortunately that’s what happened and I just had to get on with things.
Fast forwarding now to 2018, after getting over my first surgery and through the rehabilitation I now feel in myself that I am able to get back to playing. June 2018, I signed for F.C United of Manchester Ladies, everything was going great and I was enjoying my football again, however on August 6thagainst Brighouse Ladies in a pre-season friendly, the unthinkable happens again. Instantly I knew this was my ACL, the pain was too familiar. Following the injury, I received an MRI scan in order to determine what was going on inside my knee. After a tense wait I was to find out that I had ruptured my ACL again but this time slightly more again with a ruptured MPFL, torn MCL and a torn Lateral Meniscus. For me now, my aim is to focus on my future and to tackle my recovery so that I can fulfil my career as a teacher.
Even though this is my first written blog, I will also be doing some vlogs along the journey to help you guys see this injury through my eyes and to show you the goings on! I hope you’ve enjoyed the first written blog and I’ll check back in very soon to give you some updates about my surgery that’s coming up very very soon! If you would also like to follow my journey through my own social media feel free to give me a follow!
Thank you for reading and speak to you soon!
Instagram – @Emilie_Revitt
Twitter – @EmilieRevitt_