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ACL Tears: Four scary words

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It's an old saying that lightning strikes twice but for one family it not only struck twice but nearly struck a 3rd time. Tonight Derek Hackett introduces us to a family that's had more than just their share of the experience with sports injuries but continue to bounce back.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear.

It's perhaps the four scariest words you can utter to an athlete.

Taking 6 to 9 months to recover..It ends your season

Now imagine hearing those 4 words twice in about a year.

McKale Duttenhefer/ Junior Guard "I was doing a pivot move and then my knee stayed and popped. I was pretty scared, I just came back and I thought "how can this happen again, are you serious?"

Derek Hackett "McKale is a junior Guard for the Minot High Majettes. 13 months ago she had ACL reconstruction surgery. Reinjuring a surgically repaired ACL isn't common, at least according to Trinity Sports Medicine's Robin Gust.

Robin Gust/ Trinity Sports Medicine "I have not seen reinjuries of ACLs very often. To me, in my personal opinion, it's probably more to do with her body build than possibly any other factor."

That theory seems to hold true, McKale has a twin sister, Sierra, and she dealt with this same issue, on the same knee, a year before.

Sierra Duttenhefer/ Junior Guard "I did my ACL first, back 2 years ago in July. We were always like, "Well, now people can tell us apart with our leg brace then that first game of the season McKale tore hers. So we basically have everything the same."

All is well for the twins. Sierra's knee seems strong and McKale is sidelined for no more than 2 weeks after tweaking it on the tenth of January.

Soon the twins will get back to sharing the court.

Sierra "Just having McKale on the court with me is a big change for me. Just because I know where she's going to be. We have that twin telepathy thing and we've been playing together for so long."

To avoid those four words--you'll need to remember just one. Therapy.

"McKale: "The reason I have to go to the therapist is so he can evaluate how I make sharp turns and how I plant. All to see if I can prevent it by thinking about it. Other than that I can't really prevent it.

It will be a group effort but these sisters hope to never hear those four words ever again.

In Minot Derek Hackett, KX Sports.

McKale and Sierra have helped bring the Majettes to a 5 and 3 record on the season and are the Majettes are currently receiving votes in the state polls.

They host Century tomorrow night at the MSU Dome.

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