We are The ACL Athlete
Our 3E Philosophy
With so much information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to know what’s right from wrong. Education sets the foundation for our athlete-centered care. Our goal is to make sure you can make informed and empowered decisions. Not feeling lost or being led blindly. Education puts you in control of your own journey. Knowledge is power.
Whether it’s day 1 after your ACL injury or the day you step on the field, we are going to make sure you are prepared for the demands ahead of you. This means physically, mentally, and situationally. Progressively exposing you to a variety of stressors to make sure you are 100% ready to perform.
Whether you’re the recreational soccer player, active mom, weekend skier, or competitive athlete, we take your goals seriously. We want our athletes to feel in control and empowered in their process. We are your support team to get you to your end goal. Our goal is to make sure you come back better, faster, and stronger – more resilient – than you were before. Empowering you as an athlete. Empowering you as a human.
I remember the first time I heard that noise.
It was like nothing I’d ever experienced in my life before.
It was the first play of our high school spring football game.
I fell to the ground. Confused. “What just happened?” Tried to walk and had suddenly forgotten how to. Eventually, I hobbled off the field. I don’t even remember the pain. I just remember a shift in my knee. Shock was probably the best way to describe it all. The athletic trainer checked my knee, and said, “I think it’s your ACL”.
Hi, I’m Ravi – Founder of The ACL Athlete.
Let’s go on a journey of how this all started.
I was born and raised in a small town in southeast Georgia – Folkston. Most know it as the Okefenokee Swamp. My dad somehow found this place to start a motel business. This is after moving across the world from India and being fired from multiple jobs since he couldn’t speak English. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever met. My mom is our anchor. She’s the toughest and smartest person I know. There’s nothing that means more to her than family.
I am married to my best friend, Abs. She’s my favorite human on this planet. I have one older brother, Rishi. He’s been through it all with me. I have incredible support system of friends and family that I wouldn’t be here today without.
"I stopped feeling sorry for myself."
I grew up in a motel that my parents owned and operated (still do to this day 30+ years later). No, literally. Our home was attached to the front office. My brother and I would answer phones, clean rooms, sell motel rooms, you name it. That’s why entrepreneurship and customer service is essentially in my DNA since birth.
I’ve always been a fat kid at heart. That showed its true colors when I was in middle school and gained a significant amount of weight. My nickname was “Twinkie”. I was pretty much sponsored by Dairy Queen (50% off after school specials).
I have always loved watching and playing sports. I started playing organized/rec sports in 6th grade. Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball. I sucked at all of them.
Yep, that’s me in the bottom right. I would hide during Oklahoma drills. I was bullied. I wanted to quit. All the time. I couldn’t. My parents raised me better than that.
I stopped feeling sorry for myself and turned a corner in 7th grade after legit crying during a drill. I was never the biggest or the strongest or the fastest in sports. I used my brain. I was strategic. And I worked really damn hard to be athletic.
I went to a high school where I was the only Indian kid. I played football, wrestling, and baseball. Our high school football team only lost 3 times in four years. I was 1st team all region + team captain. I was a state wrestler. I’m very proud of that.
- Broken ankle 2x
- Broken finger
- Hyperextended elbow
- AC sprain
- Dislocated shoulder 3x
- Labral tear in shoulder
- Labral tears in both hips
- FAI/bony formation in my hips
- Torn ACL, MCL, meniscus 2x
I’ve torn my ACL twice.
High school (2008) and college (2017). I was delayed for my first ACL surgery by 3 months because of insurance. I paid $10k+ for my second ACL surgery because of insurance (check the pic for the bill). Going through it twice didn’t make the second time easier. If anything, it made it harder. I’m 100% confident in my knees after 2 ACL tears and reconstructions, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel things or assess risk/reward of an activity. Any ACLer does – if you are one, you know what I’m talking about.
My ACL injuries are the reason I pursued this career path. My physical therapists were the ones who got me back to being me. They were in the trenches with me over those weeks and months through the ups and downs of rehab. I wanted that. So I got my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Right before that, I took brief detour with the University of Georgia as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.
I’ve worked with the high school ACL athlete I had to tell he couldn’t play his senior year of basketball. We got him back better, faster, and stronger than before – and he earned a full ride to college to live out his dream. That’s when I knew I wanted to go all in on ACLs.
I left my “dream job” right before a global pandemic to start The ACL Athlete.
I noticed a massive gap in ACL rehab. Re-injury rates that continue to climb year after year. Athletes being cleared after 3 or 6 months because of time without being tested or insurance visits run out. Never getting back to running, cutting, jumping or even a normal functioning knee. Never getting back to what they love doing.
Healthcare and insurance is not built to serve ACLers. It’s a business that is volume driven and often forgets about the human being. Let’s be honest – the ACL “standard” it’s created sucks.
I’ve been through it all. So much to decide so quickly. Surgery or no surgery. Which surgeon, PT, coaches. Which graft type. What’s surgery like. The days and months in rehab. The internal battle that is constantly going on. Feeling lost, depressed, lack of confidence, scared of re-injury. Questioning your identity. It sucks walking around on egg shells all the time or trying to get to your end destination but having no GPS or map to get you there. All you want is to get back to the things you love.
So no ACLers continues to get funneled through the system or felt like they were on a conveyor belt. I wanted to redefine what true ACL rehab and performance looks like – care that ACLers deserve. Where insurance has no say on how we should work with you or how many visits you get. To create an athlete-centered approach.
For athletes to have a specific roadmap.
For athletes to have guidance from start to finish.
For athletes to feel like themselves again.
For athletes to feel like an athlete again.
We’ve helped ACL athletes get back to soccer, skiing, soccer, playing with their kids, pro football, running, frisbee, dancing, MMA, hiking, crossfit, weightlifting, lacrosse, surfing, you name it – all around the world.
This is The ACL Athlete. We are here to serve you.
Meet The Team
University of Georgia – Exercise and Sport Science
Georgia State University – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
USA Weightlifting Coach
University of Georgia – Athletic Training + Exercise and Sport Science
Medical University of South Carolina – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
USA Weightlifting Coach
Dr. Jeremy Kirschner is physical therapist, athletic trainer, coach, and life-long athlete. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Medical University of South Carolina in 2015. Jeremy is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Level 1 USA Weightlifting Coach, and has years of experience in sports rehab. Jeremy has guided many athletes back to activity, ranging in age and ability level from pediatric to professional, and everyone in between.
Prior to physical therapy school, Jeremy completed his undergraduate studies in athletic training and exercise & sport science at the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he worked with football, track & field, cheerleading, and swimming & diving as a student within the sports medicine department. He also spent the 2011 training camp with the Indianapolis Colts as an athletic training intern.
Outside of providing guidance to athletes, you can find Jeremy spending time with his wife Jenelle and rescued greyhound Freddie, training to qualify for the American Open in weightlifting, fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, playing bass, and cooking.
University of Buffalo – Exercise and Sport Science
Stony Brook University – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Nicole is an orthopedic Physical Therapist and lifelong athlete as a dancer and rower. Nicole earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Stony Brook University. During her DPT education, she worked with Stony Brook’s Division I athletic teams with their strength and conditioning coach. Prior to graduate school, Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo where she was a Division I athlete with UB’s Rowing Team. Nicole also enjoyed spending her time coaching active teens and adults at a local gym and creating exercise programs for clients who were battling Multiple Sclerosis in the Buffalo area.
Some of Nicole’s clinical interests include adolescent athletic performance and rehabilitation, operative & non-operative knee diagnoses throughout the lifespan, and ACL rehab. Nicole gets really excited about educating and empowering people of all ages to return to the activities they love. In addition to her clinical work, Nicole is dedicated to giving back to the profession as an educator with DPT programs and a mentor to new grads in the field of Physical Therapy.
When Nicole is not helping people achieve their goals, she enjoys weight lifting, hiking, cooking, spending time with friends and family and exploring new cities and cultures.
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Remote ACL Rehab + Coaching
No more feeling lost. No more settling for what’s down the road. No more letting your insurance be in control.
You deserve the best care.
That’s why we created this.
Just for you.
Our ACL coaching has been tried and tested by hundreds of ACLers. Rehab and train with us from anywhere in the world. No matter where you are in the process.
In-Person ACL Rehab + Coaching
Live near Atlanta? Wanting to take your ACL rehab to the next level with in-person visits? Wanting to work with someone who’s gone through this process twice themselves?
This is a ACL rehab and coaching experience like you’ve never experienced before.