Achilles Tendon Rupture Ends Many NFL Careers
An Achilles tendon rupture sends more than one third of National Football League (NFL) players to the sidelines permanently, according to a new study published in Foot & Ankle Specialist. NFL players who do return to the playing field after having suffered an Achilles tendon rupture experience about a 50 percent reduction in their power ratings.
It appears that an Achilles tendon injury lives up to the ancient myth for NFL players. According to the story, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, tried to make her son immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. Her mistake was to hold him by one heel as she dunked him and then neglecting to dip him a second time to get the heel wet. Therefore the untouched part stayed vulnerable. Today, any weak point in the body is called an “Achilles’ heel.”