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H.S. Girls Soccer: Drive to thrive helps Northern Highlands standout conquer injuries

NJ.com—December 10, 2015

NJ.com reports that Sarah Kelly, a Northern Highlands senior soccer player shares her story about overcoming pain and injury due to Osgood-Schlatter disease, a genetic condition where the patella tendon attaches to the knee cap, which causes a pull on the growth plate. As an all-star soccer player, Kelly was determined to continue playing through the pain. After two years of knee pain, Kelly went to see John D. MacGillivray, an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who found that Kelly's growth plate had shattered.

"Usually there is one piece of bone, but hers were more fragmented, and all those pieces in both knees had to be removed," said Dr. MacGillivray. According to the article, it was those jagged pieces that had been inflicting even greater pain.

This story originally appeared on www.northjersey.com.


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