Football has long been the love of Jake Burkhalter's life. Playing since age 6, he found himself, at 16, on his high school varsity team, where the stakes were raised and the game felt like much more than just having fun with friends.
One night during a spirited play, Jake's knee seemed to pop in the wrong direction, and he feared the worst: being taken off the field due to injury. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was just minutes away, however, and our specialists confirmed his diagnosis of a torn ACL-a knee ligament that is commonly injured in rigorous sports. Surgery was scheduled to repair the tear, and a physical therapy regimen of focused exercises followed.
Despite the tear being "one of the worst things that could happen" to a young football player, from his point of view, Jake found the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital rehabilitation facility to be "awesome," and is thankful for his 100 percent recovery. Now focused on tackling the next season, Jake is ready for whatever the game brings.