Posted by prozacnation1978
ACL can change you
He may not be the same fighter. He may lose some speed and those explosive takedowns.
I hope the recovery goes well for him
I have a friend who went through some classes and stuff to be a doctor, but changed to pharmaceuticals shortly thereafter, so he has at least a base knowledge on the human body and its inner workings that is probably at least a little above that of the average person that I actually talked to recently about acl injuries in regards to Jamaal Charles since he injured his and happens to play for my favorite football team. I asked him about whether or not it would be possible to recover fully from that and come back at 100%, and my buddy said that even with all the resources that athletes have at their disposal, 99.9% of the time, regardless of their resources, athletes will never come back with the same speed or explosiveness. It's just so difficult to recover from an injury like that and come back the same. That said, I doubt his career is over, and him being the cerebral fighter that he is, GSP will likely find some way of compensating for it by the next time he fights. That said though, it seems like any time you get injured around the area of your acl, mcl, and the other one I can't remember the name of, it seems to be an injury that will come back up at a later date. Willis McGahee has had how many ACL injuries? Terrell Davis hurt his more than once if I recall correctly, and I believe that ACL injuries were what cut so many of Ken Griffey Jr.'s short while he was with the Reds if I recall correctly. Or maybe that was hamstring injuries. I don't remember for sure, and I'm too lazy to take ten seconds out of my time to look it up.
basically, i think that short term, it won't cut GSP's career short in the immediate future, but it may cause him to decline or have to call it quits sooner than he otherwise would have in the long term.