Tennis Injuries

WATCH: Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffers knee injury-Dr. Parekh

Photographer: Aaron Gilbert/Icon Sportswire

Bethanie Mattek-Sands injures right knee during a match. Will need X-rays and MRI. Best case – patella/knee cap subluxation (6-8 weeks RTP). worst case – ACL or MCL tear (8-12 months RTP).



  1. BS

    July 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Worst case = patellar tendon tear…Right?

    … look at where the patella is in the video – well above the joint.

    Further, subluxation doesn’t cause that level of pain, and it certainly wouldn’t cause that level of shock, especially for an athlete who has previously suffered a partial tear of the patellar tendon.

  2. Bobby Mozafari

    July 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    There’s no way that’s an ACL/MCL. That’s, pretty obviously, a patellar ligament rupture. And that’s the worst case scenario. Unlike an ACL/MCL, this holds a 20% possibility that it could be a career-ending injury.

    She will definitely need to get a sports psychologist while going through PT to help her through the PTSD of the event, in order to return as close to the level she was before this injury. Most athletes who go through something like this and can’t get back to where they once were can’t because of the mental component and fear of reinjury while playing.

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