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Old 12-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
Mike Pratt
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Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

This morning we were doing deadlifts and box jumps.

I was doing rebounding box jumps so I could get the quick energy transfer at the bottom and rest at the top. about 10 into my 3rd set of 20 I jumped down and it felt like someone kicked me in the back of the leg. It popped and I bottomed out.

The initial pain wasnt that bad, but made me pretty nauseous. It was devastating because I was about to enter my first competition in January. So discouraged right now.

Any after a trip to the ER, they confirmed I did tear my achilles tendon.

I have an appointment with the ortho tomorrow.

I imagine I have a long road ahead of me, but I'd love to hear if someone made it back into crossfit after the same injury and what the recovery was like.

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

You can read/contact Kate Rawlings, owner of Coca Crossfit (both w/f safe, maybe mild language); she also ruptured her achilles doing rebounding box jumps late last year. She was back to full training within a relatively short time. I'm sure she'll be happy to talk with you about her experience; she did so with a lot of athletes after that injury (w/f safe).
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

Thanks Shawn!
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

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Thanks Shawn!
Man, bummer on the injury - hope you recover quickly.

Just out of curiosity, were you/the other athletes/the trainer aware of the high incidence of Achilles rupture during rebounding box jumps? At our gym, they've pretty much outlawed them due to the extremely high incidence of Achilles rupture. The risk does not appear to outweigh the minimal increase in speed compared to stepping down.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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Man, bummer on the injury - hope you recover quickly.

Just out of curiosity, were you/the other athletes/the trainer aware of the high incidence of Achilles rupture during rebounding box jumps? At our gym, they've pretty much outlawed them due to the extremely high incidence of Achilles rupture. The risk does not appear to outweigh the minimal increase in speed compared to stepping down.
Tom, I was not at all aware, nor do I think anyone at my box is aware of the high risk of injury in rebounds. I've only discovered more in my research today.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

What's your background and stats, Mike? I'm wondering if there is anything that would put you are more of a risk (new to training, particularly heavy body, etc). I also wonder how much taking care of your lower leg tissue (ala Kelly Starett achilles maintenance) might help. Ever do any myofacial release or anything to unglue some of your lower leg tissue?

I also wonder if small doses over time would make injury more or less likely. We know so little quantitatively about this. It's all anecdotes at this time.

I think Tom is right that in a gym setting the risk reward just doesn't make it worth it, but if box jumps come up in the open, or another competition, I will be rebounding them and I'd like to do what I can to minimize risk.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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What's your background and stats, Mike? I'm wondering if there is anything that would put you are more of a risk (new to training, particularly heavy body, etc). I also wonder how much taking care of your lower leg tissue (ala Kelly Starett achilles maintenance) might help. Ever do any myofacial release or anything to unglue some of your lower leg tissue?
David,

I have been an athlete all of my life. 6'2 205. Before crossfit I lifted and did cardio on my own 5 days a week. Started crossfit 5 weeks ago and quickly caught the hang of it. I am above average at my box. I only say that to emphasize that I didnt just come from the couch to crossfit. Like I said I was about to enter a competition in January.

I foam roll and use lacrosse balls twice daily, including my calves. I didnt see the kstar heel cord wod until today so I have never done that. But I have done many of his mobility wods
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:04 AM   #8
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

Mike et al., just an addendum: since Kate's injury, rebounding box jumps are forbidden at Coca. They enforce a strict step-down rule.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:09 AM   #9
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Re: Ruptured my achilles this morning. Anyone have a comeback story?

In our gym we can rebound on box jumps if the wod has a low rep count for that movement, anything that crosses into the higher rep count for box jumps are strictly step down.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:34 PM   #10
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I forgot to mention I am 29 years old
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