Unfortunately one of our scholar’s has torn his PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) and is unable to play or train this season! He plays for a multiple of teams and takes part in rugby 15’s but luckily that season is over. However, Rugby Sevens is a summer sport and he is out for the whole season on a long road to recovery!!
Your PCL is located in the back of the knee and connects the thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). This is a much larger and stronger ligament but can be torn. An injury to this ligament requires a lot more force than the other ligaments and this is achievable with Rugby Sevens as there are less players on a team and therefore players need to be hard hitting to stop the opposing team whizzing past!
Luckily tears to your PCL are usually minor and partial which means returning to sport is achievable without there being many problems! fingers crossed this is the case with our scholar!!
Here is a diagram of a knee with the PCL intact.
Here is a picture of the original MRI scan of our scholars knee with the PCL torn. The white fluid in the knee is where the PCL should be!
Fingers crossed his recovery will be quick and easy!