Jun 22

Professional Athletes & The Achilles Tendon

Athletes are putting their bodies through strenuous physical activity every time they lace up their cleats and sprint onto the field. One commong factor among all athletes is the amount of stress being put on their feet every day. With all of this activity, injury is common and expected. Some injuries are not as detrimental as others, but one injury is something that most athletes truly fear: a ruptured achilles tendon.

Back on May 4th, professional baseball player Adam Wainwright, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, experienced an injury to his achilles tendon. Upon the first wave of pain, he did not immediately realize what had happened. He described the pain as if he had been hit by a bat to the back of his leg. However, once he began walking back towards the dugout, his leg began to drag behind him, like a limp sock.

These types of injuries can wreak havoc on a professional athlete’s body as well as his future ability to play his sport. The injury can be a long and lengthy process to recover from. There is no shortcut that is involved when it comes to healing the achilles tendon. It has to take its time or else no progress will be made.
How can athletes train their bodies in order to prevent these types of injuries?

Professionals trainers will put their players on a specific regiment based on the sport they play. However, every day athletes can prevent ruptures to this area by stregthening and stretching your calf muscles. This group of muscles are vitally important to your legs as the experience the most strain. By conditioning your calf muscles to endure constant strain and pressure, you decrease your chance of injury. Always remember to stretch thoroughly before any exercise.

Another way to prevent injury is to vary the type of exercises that you do. By combining your high impact and low impact exercises correctly, you can balance out the stress on your leg. It is also important to remember that as you increase your training intensity, it must be done slowly. Anything different will increase your risk.

If you are an athlete and need more information about the achilles tendon, contact Dr. Pedram Aslmand today for a consultation!