Getting together with a bunch of friends for a weekend basketball game is enjoyable, but if you are behind a desk all week long or spend most of your evenings on the couch, chances are you will suffer some pain because of the game. Basketball requires fast movement and frequent sudden, sharp turns. Each of these movements put pressure on the lower legs and in particular, the Achilles tendon.
Athletes, particularly elite athletes, must continually evolve and train to stay in their elite status. They are constantly trying to find an edge, a way to be just a bit better than the competition, and this drive frequently results in taxing their bodies to the absolute edge. Runners and those who depend on their legs for fast movement, such as basketball players or hockey players, stress their Achilles tendons. Those who overtrain or overexert themselves are much more likely to suffer from Achilles tendinitis.
The two examples listed previously are the most common examples of Achilles tendinitis causes. Those who do not exercise regularly and those who overexercise are susceptible to Achilles tendinitis. In other words; a lack of conditioning and over training.
Other causes of Achilles injury exist; including a lack of warming up and stretching. Wearing inadequate footwear, running or training on uneven ground, and simply standing on, or in something you’re not meant to. Biomechanical problems such as high arched feet or flat feet can also lead to Achilles injuries.
A complete rupture, while rare, is often caused by sudden or unexpected force. Extreme stress on the legs, poor running shoes and certain medicines and medical conditions can weaken the Achilles tendon enough to cause a rupture with the smallest of changes or forces.
To learn more about Achilles tendinitis and Achilles injury, visit our comprehensive Achilles tendinitis article for additional information.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach