No Fun Getting Old

July 11th, 2011 | Uncategorized |

I’m not a bloger nor am I a good speller but I did rupture my achillies tendon… so please bare with me.

Im a 29 year old High School Football Coach in Texas and after staying in fairly decent shape since my hay days as a young athlete. This summer I decided to amp it up and try to get back to my “fighting weight” you know get my 4.5 speed back that I had 10 years ago. While being no stranger to the wieght room, Jump rope and acasional jog on the treadmill, some fellow coaches, my wife (former College Trackster) and myself decided to pull out the sprint development protocal I curently use with my Track Team (did I mention I am the Head Boys Track Coach). So the first day of testing out speed and speed endurance “max velocity” and “Max Velocity Percentage” as i like to call it which consist of three all out flying 20m times and a all out 300m run. I decided to lace up some old Track Spikes that were laying around the Coaches Office and get after it. I survived the 20’s and about 95 meters in to the 300 it happend. Felt like someone had sniped me from the top of the bleachers. After my friends including y wife got done laughing at me and realized I was truly injured I was carried off the track to the car like a fallen marine out of battle by my buddy.

I got into see the OS (our team doc) the next day and after a MRI to make sure surgery was a necesity (2 inch gap) I talked him into allowing me to put it off until after our pre paid family vacation. No way wi was going to tel my 3 year old that we were not going to Florida after hearing her talk about it for the last 4 months! He refered me to the foot ankle specialist with in his group since he did not feel comfortable doing the surgery after that long of a delay.

Ruptured my achilles on 6/21 and had the surgery on 7/5 the day we got back from vacation. Im now 6 days post OP and have a Cast. I go in 2 weeks post op to I geuss get my other cast on.

All I know is I will be in casting for 6weeks, Boot for 2 and then on to two shoes at 8 weeks post OP. But the doc says i can bare as much weight as I feel comfortable now as far as he is concerned

My concern is Football season is right around the corner and our first practice is August 1st. This is almost 4 weeks to the date and Im still going to be in a cast! I have been really looking at the Vaco Cast and It is very apealing as my ocupation requires me to be quite mobile. I have already been given a boot pre surgery and it was a bledsoe Flat form. Doc says that this is the boot I will be in after 6 weeks. i would love to get into a Vaco Cast if my insurance will pick it up after 2 weeks or at least 4 weeks if possible. Im just not sure how much barganing power Im going to have??

Thanks to all that have bloged. Its funny how infactuated I have become with these injuries, I guess it comes with all the extra down time.

Jessie

2 Responses to “No Fun Getting Old”

  1. Get on Some Travelling it will helps you a lot man live the life to fullest

  2. Hey Jessie,

    ‘No Fun Getting Old’ is really fitting, although seemingly a crazy statement from a 29 year old by many people! But there is a lot of truth to it for people who have been major sports participants throughout their lives. I’m 31 and tore mine playing tennis in a routine shot that I’ve done thousands of times before. Very frustrating.

    You have it quite a bit rougher than I do though, as I have a desk job. Hopefully, your surgeon will listen to your concerns and your insurance will pick up the boot costs - if not, I’m thinking there has to be some sort of ‘transport the coach’ drill that you can pin on the underclassmen somehow for a few weeks :)

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