My ATR injury happened playing basketball on the Friday night of Feb 8th, 2008.
I played about 3 games, with a break in between games. During the last game, since I had sat out the game before, I wasn’t as warmed up. It was in the middle of the game, and I was backpedaling towards the defensive end of the court. One of the guys on the other team made a jumpshot, and I was slowing down and changing momentum to run back to play offense. Then it happened while I was shifting my weight to change direction.
However, I don’t think my achilles tendon would have just snapped like that had I not had chronic achilles tendonitis. I think my achilles tendons were in pretty bad shape already, and they have been biding their time to snap, and it finally happened that night.
(But it looks like the motion of backpeddling and then shifting your weight in the opposite direction is one of the common ways of ATR. Here’s some info:
Surprisingly, the pain wasn’t as excruciating as I had envisioned for an achilles tendon tear. I felt the dull, numbing sensation of the after-effects of an ankle sprain, but no initial sharp floor-slapping pain that accompanies a severe sprain. There was a definite “pop” that felt like an explosion that reverbrated all the way to my calf muscle.. which makes complete sense. It’s like a rubber band snapping, and the thought of that still makes me cringe.
In contrast to the pain that I experienced, some people say that achilles tendon rupture (ATR) is the most painful injury that they’ve experienced. So it probably depends on exactly where the rupture is, and how many nerves you damage in the process.
After the pop, my left foot was out of commission for good, and I managed to limp to the sideline. The gravity of the situation hasn’t set in completely, and I sat there dumbfounded, watching my team win possibly my last game of pickup basketball.
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