SportsDash: Adrian Peterson has distorted the perception of ACL surgery

Matt Grassie
September 4, 2013

"Why can't I return from my ACL and MCL tears in six months?" said no one ever. Then Adrian Peterson rebounded from a surgery to repair both injuries in a shorter amount of time than anyone ever had, completing a 2,097-yard rushing campaign a year after his knee operation. The story ended very happily for the Vikings running back, who bagged his first NFL MVP award and enters this season as the prohibitive favorite to win his second straight rushing title. But for doctors and injured athletes everywhere, the process of rebounding from a torn ACL has become much more difficult as a result of Peterson's speedy recovery.

Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports writes about what he calls the "Adrian Peterson Effect" in his most recent column, and he joined the SportsDash bunch to explain how athletes are now making unrealistic demands of orthopedic surgeons and rushing back from ACL injuries.