MCL tear boosted EAC's Munsayac to continue playing

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 02, 2015 11:54 AM
MCL tear boosted EAC's Munsayac to continue playing
YOU SHOULD KNOW FRANCIS MUNSAYAC. EAC's Francis Munsayac overcame an MCL tear along with an ACL injury to come back as the Generals' floor leader.

In an interesting twist of fate, an MCL tear pushed Emilio Aguinaldo College point guard Francis Munsayac to keep his basketball dream alive.

Munsayac injured his right knee during a practice session two years ago when he drew a charge and fell sideways so he would avoid aggravating his already hurting back. Unfortunately, a teammate he opted to be left unnamed, fell on his right leg and the impact caused what was initially feared as the dreaded ACL tear.

“Actually nung napilay ako, talagang ayoko na maglaro. Lalo na nung nagpa-checkup ako sa St. Luke’s tapos nakikita ko yung ulo ni doc na umiiling,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports.

He continued, “Nung first checkup, sinabi ni doc na ACL daw and we need surgery tomorrow agad.”

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a major ligament located in the front that functions to stabilize the entire knee. It differs from the MCL, or medical collateral ligament, which is also a major ligament, but is located in the inner part and functions to widen the knee joint.

As such, in terms of recovery, an MCL tear takes a much shorter time to mend than an ACL tear. That is the news Munsayac received when his knee was checked for a second time as he recalled, “Pagka-check ulit, yung ACL ko, gasgas lang and yung MCL yung punit.”

It was then that what was usually bad news instead lifted his spirit. “Dun ako nabuhayan. Sabi ko, ‘Yes, MCL! Pwede pa pala, kaya pa pala,” Munsayac said.

The EAC point guard narrated that he was faced with two options, surgery or rehabilitation, and opted for rehab which he immediately worked on. Munsayac even personally paid for rehab sessions in Ateneo’s Moro Lorenzo Center as he said, “Kasi ginagawa pa rehab center namin, so sabi ko, ‘Sige, magbabayad nalang ako sa Moro.’”

Now fully healthy, Munsayac is one of the few veterans left in a rebuilding squad. With no more Jan Jamon or Cedric Happi or even coach Gerry Esplana, the knee injury survivor knows that he now carries an even bigger burden.

He’s a long way from backing down, however, as no pain emanating from his knee can make him think about quitting again. “Minsan iniinda, minsan sumasakit, pero hindi ko na iniisip kasi kaya at kakayanin naman,” Munsayac told ABS-CBN Sports.

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