When junior Riley Paxson felt her knee pop at practice in April 2019, she immediately fell and knew what happened. She had already been through it twice before. Paxson had torn her right ACL and meniscus and would have to face a third knee surgery in just four years.
Her string of knee injuries started in May 2015, when she tore her left ACL during high school basketball in Nashport, Ohio. She played on the injured knee for nearly a year, thinking it was just a pulled hamstring. Once softball season came around, she tore her left meniscus and the doctor discovered the torn ACL as well.
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