2 years…

Hi all,

It has been two years since my injury. Time really flies…

I just wanted to give an update on where i am as I found it useful (and motivating) during my rehab reading posts from others that were ahead of me in my recovery.

The very good news is that after two years I am playing sports again. A couple of months ago, I rode the Tour of Flanders (135kms), few weeks ago I ran a Tough Mudder in London and next week i am running a half marathon.

I started to run and exercise a lot last summer, around 15 months after surgery and this winter I trained a lot too, 4 or 5 times a week or even more

I have to say that I still have the AT rupture always in my mind, so every time I go for a run, I am thinking of it, will it hold? Should I run the hill or just walk just in case? Am I pushing too hard? Oh it hurts, should I stop? etc.

My calves are now 34 cm and 37 cm, so still very unbalanced, although 6 weeks after surgery they were 28 and 35

I decided not to play football or other “risky sports” any more. I do not want to take chances of another AT rupture

Well, to all of you in different stages of the recovery, keep it up. I still recommend being on the super safe side for 2 months after surgery and then exercise as much as you can, always following your doctor’s advice, of course. But never stop the rehab or exercising. It is a very long recovery but eventually we all get there

Best of luck


11 Responses to “2 years…”

  1. If you tear the other one running, you won’t be able to kick yourself, but you’ll hit yourself with a crutch! ;-) Seriously, it sounds great, except for the nagging worries about “that” leg.

  2. Hey there, thanks for the update! I’m getting all worried about small details in 5 weeks post-op, but am now realizing that things do even out at 6 months and beyond.

    At 31, I’m fully prepared to give up the action sports too as I tore mine playing football/soccer. So that, in addition to basketball, tennis and beach volleyball will likely be no more. Though tennis would be the most difficult to give up.

    I enjoy the triathlon activities as well, so I will just concentrate on those and be content.

    Good luck, I hope and will certainly try to return to half-marathons and long-distance biking as you have. Cheers.

  3. TF, beach volleyball is NOT an ATR-risky sport (unlike court volleyball and the others you list). Check out Misty May-Treanor’s story!

  4. Norm, I would argue that beach volleyball is indeed, at least off the top of my head. You are exploding out of a stance quite often and also have a lack of level, supportive ground.

    Is her story simply that she came back from ATR and is a world-class beach volleyball player again?

  5. Misty May-Treanor’s story is that she was a dominant player on the pro beach volleyball circuit for years, super fast, fit, great vertical, EXPLOSIVE. If doing those moves could tear an AT and she was vulnerable, you’d think…

    Then, after most of those years of killer pro ball and Olympic Gold Medal, she’s invites to Dancing With the Stars. Boogying in rehearsal, in squeaky gym shoes on a clean high-traction floor, she tears an AT.

    For some people, that’s a mysterious “You never know” story. But for this ATR “expert” who plays competitive court and beach volleyball and has torn both ATs in squeaky shoes on the court, it makes perfect sense. Indeed, we’ve had quite a few people here who’ve had ATRs dancing, and NONE from beach volleyball. I also know several ATR court vball players (and bball and badminton etc. etc.) but NO ATR beach ball players so far. The traction is the key. Great traction let’s us apply much higher tension to our ATs than sand. Beach vball is super brutal in lots of ways - esp 2-on-2 - but not ATR-scary, IMO.

  6. Interesting. I’m something of a beach volleyball fan and know her and her husband played for my local MLB baseball team. I just play on occasion with friends, nothing serious and usually with beer.

    But that does makes some sense. That certainly basketball and indoor volleyball can and is worse. I would just think beach volleyball could provide some of the similar pitfalls. Of course, I’m just 5 weeks! So everything sounds/seems scary to me at the moment.

    The thought of quickly, explosively jumping up for a spike or a block, from a stationary position in uneven sand just seems like s recipe for disaster!

  7. As you recover and get into 2 shoes, uneven ground (or deep sand) will indeed be scary, though as much for other leg-&-foot parts as for your AT. And you won’t be spiking or blocking for a while either!

  8. Texasflier,
    You are so young, mate. You will be able to play action sports again if you want to.
    Look, Beckham for instance played competitive soccer after his ATR in his thirties.
    Confidence returns with some time, you are just on the earliest stages of the recovery
    Best of luck


  9. @Norm:

    Interesting regarding traction and the ATR. I tore mine while playing five-a-side indoor. Rubbery surface and outdoor trainers. Very high traction.

    I used to blame my ATR on the fact that I had almost ten years of inactivity before taking up running again. My PT disagreed, blaming it 90% on my choice of shoes and surface, and 10% on genetics.

  10. Listen Ford, great traction is great for peak performance, but it also puts peak strain on a few body parts, definitively including the AT.

  11. My autocorrect hates your name tord, sorry! I’ve added it to the dictionary now…

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