New York Post—August 14, 2011
If you happen to be an Achilles tendon on an NFL player, it just hasn’t been your month.
Those often-overlooked thickets of muscle and fiber behind the ankle have been popping like champagne corks at a society wedding since the end of the lockout, with a stunning 10 players already seeing their season ruined before the first exhibition game by an injury experts say is nowhere near this common in a normal league year.
“Achilles ruptures are kind of a classic ‘weekend warrior’ injury, and I can imagine that’s what the lockout turned many of these players into,” said Dr. Andrew Pearle, an orthopedic surgeon at Manhattan’s Hospital for Special Surgery and a former member of the Giants’ medical team.
“[Tearing of the Achilles] is an injury particularly common with the rapid resumption of ‘explosive’ activities [such as cutting and jumping] after a relatively sedentary lifestyle,” Pearle said.
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