Dr. Parekh comments on Johnson’s achilles injury
Derrick Johnson’s injury is brutal for the Chiefs, but appalling for him
BY SAM MELLINGER | THE KANSAS CITY STAR
September 7, 2014
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Other than a head or neck injury, a torn Achilles’ tendon might be the worst injury that can happen on a football field. The Achilles is the longest and strongest tendon in the human body, requiring up to 11 months of rehab. Full recoveries are nearly impossible. At least with an ACL tear, athletes typically return to full strength.
Research from Duke University indicates that more than one-third of NFL players who suffer ruptured Achilles’ never play again. All of the players who returned saw “significant decreases” in games played and production. That study was published four years ago, but the grim outlook remains.
“That’s absolutely still the case,” says Selene Parekh, an associate professor for orthopedic surgery and a co-author of the study. “Once you tear (the Achilles’), you’re just not the same.”