Kobe Bryant has surgery for Achilles tendon

April 24, 2013

Topic: orthopaedic injury

Kobe Bryant has surgery for Achilles tendon

Experiencing an Achilles tendon injury can be devastating to athletic players. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers recently withstood this orthopaedic injury. By taking certain precautions, though, other athletes may be able to deter this mishap. 

Achilles injury sidelines Lakers star
Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in a recent game against the Golden State Warriors. According to the NBA, the injury ended his season, two games before the Lakers secured their spot in the playoffs. 

The 34-year-old player collapsed during the game, and according to the source, he hoped that someone had kicked him in the back of the leg. Unfortunately, that sensation was his Achilles rupturing. Bryant had played four complete games leading up to the match-off with the Warriors. 

When asked in the locker room how he planned to recover from the injury, Bryant sounded hopeful.

"I've never had to deal with anything like this. Obviously there's a bunch of players [who] have had this same injury, so I know I can do this," Bryant told the news source. "All I can do is what they've done, who had more success getting back quicker and healthier, and see what they did and see if I can improve upon it."

The Lakers ended up winning the game against Golden State with a final score of 118-116. The NBA reported that Bryant underwent surgery to repair the injury and that the recovery time from the procedure will likely be six to nine months.

Avoiding an injury like Bryant's
In light of Bryant's injury, Men's Health News offered a few injury prevention tips to reduce the risk of a ruptured Achilles heel. 

First, the source noted that players might work on enhancing the flexibility in their lower legs. If an individual has any tension in his or her shin or calf muscles, this tightness is also present in the Achilles. Additionally, loosening the muscles of the foot also relieve any tension in the Achilles. 

Athletes might look for flat, barefoot-style footwear. Even if individuals are off the court or playing field, they should avoid any elevated or heeled shoes as they shorten the heel cord when worn. If at home, individuals should go without shoes entirely when possible.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, though the Achilles can endure substantial stress and tension, it is nonetheless vulnerable to orthopaedic tear. By taking measures to avoid the injury, athletes may avoid the setback that Bryant now faces. 

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