Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and most recently Christian Benteke; what do they all have in common? They’ve all suffered Achilles tendon tears – serious injuries that have sidelined them for their respective sports. Your Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it– a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.
Playing high-intensity sports is exciting and fun, but remember to take careful precautions to protect your Achilles tendon. Injuries can be extremely painful and often require a long recovery, which means being out of the game for a while! And that’s the last thing any of us want.