How It Happened

About a month ago I ruptured my Achilles tendon while playing soccer. I am left footed and 90 % of the time I lead the ball with my left foot and use the right for impulse. The injury happen when I tried to lead the ball with my right foot and use the left one for impulse. I still remembered that right when it happen I heard a pop, fell down and even yield a “heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy” thinking that someone had kicked me really hard from behind, I turned around a look around me and see none, the game was stopped and people came around me, I heard someone saying “He probably tore his Achilles” I never heard of such injury and I thought I could just go out for some minutes and then returned and play easy, But when I stood up I could not put any way on my left foot so I leave the field hooping on my right foot. Once off the field I look at my leg and half of it was really swollen and when I compared to my other leg I notice a scary difference, the right foot had an very noticeable Achilles while the left one had nothing.

That morning when I got home, I started doing research on the internet about what happen to me, still thinking I was going to be playing in two weeks or so. Achilles tendon ruptured are so easy to figure out because It seems that everyone experience the same: The snap sound, the feeling of being hit by something on that area, and the sudden fall. Even when I was sure that i had rupted my Achilles tendon I still had hopes that the doctor may say that It was only a small tear, but who was I fooling? I was on road to my first surgery ever.

Why It happened? I do not know! I try to think the soccer field had a hole and that upon putting my foot on it, it over stretched the tendon, but most likely that is not the answer. I used to train really hard for soccer and was very involved in  taking care of myself, when the injury happened I had been out of training for about 6 months and eating unhealthy and trying to play with the same intensity I would when I was training 5 days a week. To make matters worse I remembered playing the day before the injury and feeling very sore on the areas around the Achilles tendon. Although I may have found a possible explanation that satisfies me, for the first week after the injury I did not in anyway come to terms with this injury.

By the way: The injury happened on Sunday April the fourth on a beautiful sunny, 70 degrees morning.


  1. mark5tewart Said,

    May 12, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Don’t be too hard on yourself mate, there are lots of folks on here who are ironmen/women, tri-athletes etc and this injury doesn’t discriminate. There’s plenty of support and info on this site to help your recovery. Best of luck.

  2. normofthenorth Said,

    May 13, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    Much of your story is very typical, as you say. Your experience having an ATR when you return to aggressive “high risk” sport after taking some time off is also very common — though both of mine happened in the middle of the season.

    Good luck, and Good Healing! If you can, please install the “ATR Timeline Widget” (mentioned on the Main Page) so we can check your FAQs.

  3. jenn Said,

    May 13, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    I’m sorry that you have to join the club around here. We definitely know how you feel! Some decent advice that was given to me was not to search for an answer as to why this happened because I would never find one. That’s a pretty frustrating thing though.
    Good luck on your recovering, we’re here for ya!

  4. alison Said,

    May 13, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    Yeah, don’t be too hard on yourself. I have spent hours going around and around it in my head, in the end it just happened. You have something in common with some famous people who also ruptured theirs! I used to dream of climbing all the time, now just trying to think of what I can do right now. We will get there in the end!!

  5. Juan carlos Muñoz Said,

    May 16, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    Jaa que y todavia pensaste que fue un cabe de otro jugador.. ta que la recuperacion tiene que ser al toque para que te des tu escapada por Peru para ir al Cuzco pe Primo.. a comer cuy…..

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