Step by Step: Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema's ACL recovery journey

This five-part documentary explores the prevalence of ACL injuries in the women’s game

Step by Step: Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema's ACL recovery journey

Arsenal Women players Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema faced a devastating setback when they both suffered severe Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries weeks apart, sidelining them for months. "Step By Step", a five-part documentary series, offers unprecedented insight into their gruelling recovery journeys, from surgery to the first cautious steps back onto the training pitch.

More than just a personal story, the documentary highlights a troubling trend: women in football are disproportionately affected by ACL injuries.

Determined to make a difference, Mead and Miedema team up with leading experts to explore the reasons behind this concerning trend. Their goal is to spark conversations and drive research to prevent similar injuries, ultimately creating a safer and more sustainable future for women in soccer.

Episode One: Football was my happy place

In the opening episode, Beth and Viv are hit with their ACL injuries while Gary Lewin is on hand to explain the ramifications. As they begin their journey to recovery, their eyes are opened to the wider issue of ACL injuries in the professional women’s game.

STEP BY STEP | Vivianne Miedema & Beth Mead | Football Was My Happy Place | Episode One

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Episode Two: There’s no place or no people I’d rather go through this with
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Episode Three: This is only the tip of the iceberg
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Episode Four: It’s our responsibility to look after each other
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Episode Five: We need to open about it, we need to be speaking about it
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