To present the case of a Division I female college basketball player with a complete Achilles tendon rupture.
A 19-year-old, female college basketball player ruptured her right Achilles tendon during preseason conditioning. She had no previous history of heel cord symptoms.
The athlete underwent open surgical repair of Achilles tendon. The athlete successfully progressed through a functional rehabilitation program focused on early mobilization and weight bearing. The rehabilitation program was continually modified to address deficiencies and to keep the athlete actively engaged. She was cleared for full, unrestricted activity 15 weeks and 3 days after surgery and returned to game participation in 16 weeks.
This case provides evidence that early mobilization and weight bearing can be used while still protecting the repaired tendon.
Davlin is with the Sport Studies Dept at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Jenike is with the Athletics Dept at Xavier University.