Kobe Bryant suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture last month. While there is no surefire prevention against this dreadful injury, eccentric strengthening is one of the keys. Bodybuilders refer to this as negative training. (We have a handout demonstrating how to accomplish this maneuver.)
There's debate about the role of increased minutes during the Lakers' playoff push in contributing to Kobe’s injury. Other factors that have been found to be associated with Achilles ruptures include diabetes, steroid use, use of quinolone antibiotics, certain blood types, and prior injury. These have not been implicated in his injury.
If you feel pain in the back of your heel or ankle, this can be a warning sign. For a comprehensive evaluation, call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment.