Day 0

May 10th, 2014

My injury occurred during a dodgeball tournament. I have been playing dodgeball for almost 7 years. While playing, I have accumulated numerous injuries ranging from jammed fingers, twisted ankles and the occasional cramp. On this day I played in two divisions, open and coed. There was a lot of dodgeball played. I got through the open division, round robin and bracket play, perfectly fine. After we played the coed round robin I still felt fine. My team on the other hand wasn’t playing very well. But we pulled things together when the bracket played started. We won our first and second(upset the #1 seed) matches. Near the end of the third match, I took a step back and heard the sound of someone slapping the court behind me. I turned around and saw no one was even close to me. That’s when I realized that sound came from me. I tried to walk but realized that was not going to happen. I was helped off the court and applied ice to my ankle. I didn’t feel much pain when it happened. I was more hurt that I couldn’t finish the tournament, my team ended up losing that match and the following match. After the tournament, my two friends and I headed to the ER. It was late and it took forever. But after a few hours I was seen and my worst fear was confirmed, I torn my Achilles’ tendon. Since it was the weekend, all they could was put me in a splint and set an appointment to see a specialist. I was sent home to rest.

2 Comments so far

  1. nosport45 on June 17th, 2014

    Hi there, your story sounds so familiar. I ruptured mine playing netball. Same sound, same step back, same looking round and the same disappointment at not being able to finish the game. I have gone down the non operative route. Had a cast on for two weeks and now in a boot. This site is a good read and has some good tips and advice.I think you just have to remember everyone is different in terms of recovery. Good luck.

  2. normofthenorth on June 17th, 2014

    Good stuff, Tyler! If you can, please install the ATR Timeline Widget (details high on the Main Page & elsewhere) so we can all keep up with your FAQs.