Football season is underway and so are the injuries that can keep your favorite player from the next game or possibly put them out the whole season. When the reports come in you'll know what's going on and what that injury means by following this handy guide to common football-related injuries.
The Achilles is the longest and strongest tendon in the body, and stretches from the heel to the calf, a springy band located behind the ankle just above the heel that helps players push off their feet, jump and accelerate.
Due to overuse or excessive force placed on the tendon, it can tear or rupture. Surgery is typically necessary to bring the ends back together, sidelining a player for several months due to extensive rehab needed.
In the past, repairing the injury required a large incision, but advances in medical technology have spawned some minimally invasive procedures that make only 1- to 2-inch incisions, said Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFL Players Association medical director.
Most players return after 9 months, although Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs played within 6 months of his surgery.
Read the entire article from AOL Sports here: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/09/17/fan-guide-a-look-at-common-football-injuries/21237378/
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