Originally Posted by empressdiver
It's a relief that the injury was not more serious. My understanding is that a strain of the MCL still involves the tearing of some tissue in the ligament. The blood flow in ligaments is much less than in muscle tissue, for instance, so the tissue repair and recovery time is substantially longer, and there is a continuing risk of re-injuring the ligament until healing is complete.
I'm thinking that soccer, with the foot pivoting movements and kicking the ball with the inside of the foot and inevitable contact with other legs and feet, is a higher risk sport for re-injuring the MCL and should possibly be avoided for a longer time. Sports like bike riding would be safer in the interim.
I would also suggest that your daughter should have some lessons skiing bumps before doing them again to control her speed.
I think that's a great idea.
We weren't quite expecting her to dive into them like she did. I'm not a huge fan so I couldn't keep up with her. I think that might be a wonderful idea for next year. Also, while she wasn't controlling her speed (due to thinking it was really fun) I think she "can" control her speed. She just chose not to do so at this time. At the beginning of the run she was looking beautiful. Then she and her little cousin (5) got into a little competition going OVER the bumps. *eeeeeeeek* That's when the accident happened. We'll do a lesson next year first thing and see if they can't give her some pointers.
She won't be playing soccer until this fall at the earliest.
Those were my concerns about the cleats as well. I wishsd to be a little overcautious and give her plenty of time to heal up.
Thanks for the super advice.