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Friday, April 11, 2014

Achilles Tears: It’s Not Just Superstar Athletes That Suffer These Injuries

Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and most recently Christian Benteke; what do they all have in common? They’ve all suffered Achilles tendon tears – serious injuries that have sidelined them for their respective sports. Your Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it-- a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.

Achilles tendon tears can strike all kinds of athletes or even the average person not playing a sport. A tear can happen when you’re walking down the street and suddenly you trip in a hole; however, in most cases, Achilles tendon tears occur while engaging in sports and activities that require you to sprint and jump or make sudden movements such as those in basketball, tennis, running, volleyball and soccer.
Tips to Prevent Achilles tendon injuries:
·         If you are planning to intensify your exercise routine, do it gradually over time instead of all at once.

·         Before working out or playing any sports, make sure you loosen and stretch your muscles.

·         Try to alternate between high-impact and low-impact training and workout activities.

·         Drink water to ensure that your muscles are properly hydrated.

·         Make sure that the shoes you’re wearing are the right size and provide the right support for the activity you’re engaging in.

·         If you are feeling any pain, stop exercising.
Playing high-intensity sports is exciting and fun, but remember to take careful precautions to protect your Achilles tendon. Injuries can be extremely painful and often require a long recovery, which means being out of the game for a while! And that’s the last thing any of us want.

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