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10-25-2012, 03:25 AM
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I've sprained both my MCLs.

The soreness does indeed take a long time to go away completely. You're right about sitting in a car -- something about it brings out the soreness. So does skating, unfortunately.

I would suggest starting with some light skating, public session type exertion, and give it 24 hours to see what kind of pain manifests. If it seems manageable, go to a stick and puck and do some more diverse and hockey-like activity. Then a pick up session, where you can manage your own ice time and walk away if necessary. That gives you another week of recovery, and a good idea of whether the injury is likely to be aggravated in a full-speed game situation.

You're right about not turning a minor injury into a major one. I know how much it sucks to sit out, but a torn ligament can really put you on the shelf long-term. It's worth being cautious with knee issues.

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