24 weeks - smooth sailing?

Last night we had dinner with some friends and a lively discussion arose about my stubborn insistence on returning to tennis, instead of golf.  My ATR tear occurred on the first day (!) of my “return” to competitive tennis after a 10 year sojourn into golf.  Not that both cannot be done,  but my approach is too intense to attempt both a high level.  Thought I would go back to tennis one more time while my age permitted.  So much for that. 

To my wife and others, tennis seems completely foolhardy.  And last night, after a few glasses of chianti, I began to agree.  Can I really adjust to a slower game?  Isn’t there a realistically large possibility of either a rerupture or new rupture of the other AT or both?  I had signed up to play this Thursday in a low key event, but now I’m not sure.

Nothing much has changed.  I’m pretty much back to normal, although swimming has become my main exercise so the AT doesn’t get much rigorous testing.   Folks who haven’t seen me for a while are quite impressed with how “normal” my gait looks.  There is still slight swelling if I’ve been on it all day and the calf is still a bit smaller, but both are minor and inconsequential in every day terms.  I can do several modest one legged heel raises now so making a little yardage there. 

I continue to have many conversations with people about my experience and the implications for health care which are many.   The insights I’ve gained through this site have been one of the great benefits of this ordeal. 

Best wishes to all.

4 Responses to “24 weeks - smooth sailing?”

  1. Especially if you wait until you can do a bunch of 1-leg heel raises without grunting, you should be able to play 100% aggressive tennis with no fear for your healed AT. When I returned to aggressive volleyball after my first ATR, I told everybody that my healed AT was the one part of my body I had the MOST confidence in.

    Unfortunately, I was also right to be LEAST confident about my OTHER AT, and it did end up popping, 7 years after I returned to volleyball. (That’s why I’m here now!)

    For me, there was no “slower game”. In fact, I found ways to play MORE aggressive forms of volleyball — court 4s and beach 4s and even 2s!! — after my comeback, despite being almost 60 at the time! But I waited before returning, at around 10 months.

    My experience may not be average, but it corresponds generally to the stats: You’ll be at much higher risk of rupturing your other AT than either (a) re-rupturing the same one or (b) an average person.

    OTOH, now that you’ve discovered the quick and relatively painless way to fix a torn AT — without surgery, following the UWO protocol, and with a spiffy VacoCast boot — that still-unlikely prospect shouldn’t hold as much terror as it does for the people who thinks an ATR means having surgery and/or spending months in casts! ;-)

    Another thought: If your other AT is unusually prone to rupture, you may have a choice between “doing” it while you’re young-ish, playing a sport you love, or “doing” it at 80, walking down stairs or tripping behind your walker. The earlier way is more fun to talk about, and probably more likely to heal up properly. . .

  2. Hi Norm: It all makes sense and “dread” would not be the right emotion in re tearing the other AT, but I find the prospect of another lay off and lay up quite depressing. I’m sure I’ll take the plung here pretty soon, since I’ve lost the juice for competitive golf and need competition like a drug! Will keep you posted.

    Actually I’m also thinking of entering a Masters swim event and doing something really crazy like making an attempt at the English channel!

    best regards

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