What’s up everybody!?
My name is JumpmanRugs, I’m 23 years old and I recently underwent a full repair on my Ruptured Achilles!
It happened 7 weeks ago yesterday (7th October) while playing Basketball. I have played basketball every day for the last 5 years and on my way to getting my first professional contract, I had a trial for the professional team on my birthday in August. Unfortunately I didn’t make it, but I am playing for the next level down with the same organisation. This is the top amateur league in my country.
I moved up 4 days prior to the injury, and was really excited for the new season. I had been training beyond hard, pushing my limits and getting ready for the season. I turned up to my first training session eager to get play, and was doing well, and was told by my coach I could expect big minutes. I was out running everybody in punishments despite being not in game shape. I wasn’t quite in game shape as I had missed their pre-season training and we all know it’s a different level of fitness than one you can be ready for yourself. I had been working out every day, twice a day for a year on my skill work and strength training the year running up to it (Where we were there wasn’t a decent team close, so I didn’t play and just got myself ready to break on to the pro level).
It was a routine shooting drill, I took off as I always have for a jumpshot and felt something go as I springed off the floor. I thought somebody had caught their toe on my heel, or like I had been kicked in the calf as everybody seems to experience. One of the guys said they heard it pop, and I knew right away what I had done. There was no achilles there anymore, it was just jelly. My calf had also moved up a few inches, so it was pretty obvious what had happened.
I got myself out of training and just told people not to worry, I’d be fine. Obviously I wouldn’t lol!
I walked down to the train station (5 minutes walk) then ended up having delayed trains all night at the city centre station so was stood for 3 hours waiting and wandering around, then I got to another station and waited another hour, and then after that got to my final station and walked about 20 minutes to the hospital. I had my injury at 830 on the Tuesday night, and got myself to A & E at about 1am, was seen by 2am and home at 445am. I had a call at 730 the next morning (or a few hours later) and was told I was booked in for Surgery that day. I got to the hospital at 10am, went in for Surgery and came out again the same day.
I was back in the gym lifting weights (upper body - I’m not doing anything lower body until physio says I can) 2 days later while on crutches and in a 45 degree angled cast. After 2 weeks in that I went in to my aircast boot, which took a day to get used to before I could put my full weight on it.
I’m excited to start the next step in my recovery. My physiotherapy actually starts in 2 days. The doctors said I am ahead of schedule by a couple of weeks and 2 days ago (24th November), after 7 weeks, I was given the all clear to get back in to shoes and walk. I am doing so, though I may wear my boot to walk to the gym tomorrow morning as it’s uphill, just until it has loosened up a bit. My achilles is very tight but I just assume that is the stitching and the wound healing, plus the fact it hasn’t been stretched! We will see what Physio says on Friday but I will update you guys for sure.
If any of you are interested, I am documenting my journey completely uncensored on YouTube (www.youtube.com/JRKDMG) as I struggled to find readily available information from a regular member of the public (Not pro athletes with millions of ££/$$) in how they dealt with it and what comes with it.
I have not had one negative day yet, and I am putting that as a huge part of my speedy recovery, too many people get down when there is nothing you can do about it! Stay positive, and come back better than ever!! Of course I miss basketball, but I must just enjoy the process and make the most of it!
I hope all of you are well and are recovering fast, this is such a great idea for sharing stories, I wish I had found it when I first had the injury.
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