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‘It’s been a really interesting perspective shift’: Janine Beckie talks ACL recovery & advocacy

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Canadian women’s national team and Portland Thorns forward Janine Beckie will be hitting the six-month mark post-ACL surgery at the end of the month.

She just started running on turf again a few weeks ago, an emotional moment for her in the recovery process.

“I thought I was gonna start crying,” Beckie told The Equalizer. “Running is one of the biggest milestones that you have in [this] injury.”

The Equalizer sat down with Beckie last week to talk about her rehab journey, finding strength in community and maximizing her platform to shine a light on important issues.

Beckie is 29 and only now facing her first major injury. “I’m really lucky that I’ve gotten this far without having other issues.” She continued, “[t]he isolation was new for me, especially being in a team sport, you’re so used to being surrounded by a large group of people all the time so that was definitely a bit of a shock.”

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