as offseason training continues to enhance with technology and science developments we see certain parts of the body unable to keep up. The knee injuries were and still are a huge issue, but it now looks like there's been a significant increase in achilles injuries, which are just as bad, if not worse, compared to ACLs.
for areas of stress beforehand so that some kind of precautions or preventive measure can be taken before it just blows out?
If not, fuck space, get Bezos, Branson and Musk on that research ASAP!
Technically you could run an MRI weekly in guys. Not cost effective lol. You would literally have to run A full body scan and then have it read. Though supposedly AI is getting some support as superior to human read scans as it gets more and more sophisticated. It running a weekly scan on 60 guys?
you scanned for Achilles imperfections, what would you do for it? And that's ignoring that many of them rupture without a previous tear - they perform an action that puts too much stress on the tendon and it snaps.
It's like an ACL injury. So many of them happen without any previous damage - just a wrong cut with too much torque and - BOOM.
As FatMan in Charlotte could tell you, if he went in depth here.
Per the Mayo Clinic, Achilles Tendon injuries normally fall into two classes; a) overuse or b) a sudden increase in stress (for example, trying to make a quick turn, quick stop or pressing down strongly on the foot which puts tremendous pressure on your tendon).
Bad footwear, not preforming proper stretching, bad running technique, other bad training technique, issues with the surface you're running on are all possible indicators.
Achilles Tendinopathy (what used to be called Achilles Inflamation) may or may not be a precursor of a tear. This is where you get repetitive micro injuries to the tendon, resulting in pain, stiffness and swelling.
Tendons can wear out over time, or be affected by medication as well (injected steriods in the ankle can weaken the tendon). Obesity, arthritis, diabetes can be factors as well.
As far as modern athletes go, I've contended for a while we're doing all the wrong things. The surfaces are not natural, so there isn't proper give when you push off.
Athletes are constantly trying to get "bigger and faster" (which results in more stress on the tendons...f=ma is not just a physics equation, it's real life here). So, if an athlete tries to used PED's/HGH to get an edge, guess what...you see a lot more injuries, and Achilles Tendon tears. Your tendons were designed for normal wear, not to carry excess weight or huge muscles.
In addition, athletes are now training year round, there isn't any down time, so there's no proper rest to heal. Seasons are longer. Add OTA's, and shorter pre-seasons, so you have to go full intensity sooner, instead of building up like the old 6 week pre-season.
It's simple math...the more you do things that might result in a tear, (or other things like CTE) the more likely it is going to happen. Roll the dice enough, and you will get snake eyes!
Exactly right. This is why I'm not overly impressed with guys getting completely jacked and looking more like bodybuilders than athletes. I think, overall, it makes more of them ticking timebombs than better athletes. In particular, knees, elbows, shoulders, pecs, biceps, are all more susceptible to injury than ever before. Just because many injuries are easier to diagnose and treat, doesn't mean they are minor. How many more oblique injuries in MLB now? UCL tears?
Guys are over training, training improperly, and pumping their bodies with supplements and PEDs. And when I say training improperly, I don't mean dangerously. I mean doing exercises that may add to their physique, but not necessarily add to their ability to play their sports.
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