After rupturing my left achilles tendon 3 weeks ago & having surgery 1 week ago I was Googling for info about healing timelines, a waterproof cast bag, stronger drugs (just kidding) so I was thrilled when I found this site! I’m not much of a blogger but let’s face it, I have some spare time over the next few months … plus I can’t spend all my time watching my beloved Boston Red Sox. lol
Unfortunately I’ve had a long history of grade 1 & 2 ankle sprains over the years having played everything from ice hockey & college soccer to basketball & competitive tennis. I’m not sure there’s anything more painful than rolling an ankle & having a severe sprain … I’ve had more than my share. I was diagnosed with achilles tendinitis on both ankles about 4 years ago which forced me to stop playing tennis. During that layoff I learned a lot about the achilles tendon & ironically the sensation or “pop” that occurs from a rupture. As most of you know, it’s one thing to read the description of how it happens (the “pop” sound & the whack in the back of the leg) compared with experiencing it first hand. Despite the immediate pain, I remember an almost surreal feeling like, “oh THAT’S what it feels like“. It never occurred to me that I had just been initiated into the ATR club!
So the saga begins, I had been itching to get back into tennis for awhile. My ankles & achilles had been feeling great for over a year plus I own a Lobster tennis ball machine which allows me to control my level of activity so I had no hesitation getting back onto the court … if only just to work on my stroke. I made sure I did a lot of stretching & light jogging before my first workout.
I had 2 great sessions (1.5 hours each) over a 2 week period but it was my 3rd session that put me out of commission. What’s funny is that I had the ball machine set to just pump balls down the middle of the court so I wasn’t doing side to side drills. It was a pretty conservative approach to getting back into tennis … alternating forehand & backhand drills without much lateral movement. Eventually I’d ramp up to a full side to side workout but for now I was focused on my hitting technique. I have a tendency to “jump into” my forehand shots to get more pace & recover more quickly. Basically I’m leaving the ground but also swinging thru the ball at the same time. All was going great for about 30 minutes until I hit one forehand, landed on the left foot & heard/felt the “pop”. I remember yelling out & as I was falling to the ground I heard a guy outside the court say, “that didn’t sound good”. Pretty wild considering he was 40 to 50 feet from me & he still heard my achilles rupture. I never got to thank him for walking onto the court & turning the ball machine off for me. lol I didn’t get off the ground for 10 minutes so the motor could have burned out. Eventually I picked my sorry ass off the court, limped around gathering the loose balls, & made it to the bench where I was able to call my wife for help. I knew the achilles was shot & there was no way I could get all my gear including the ball machine in the car. So that was 3 weeks ago … surgery was 1 week ago & based on the other blogs I’ve read, I have a long ways to go!
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