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Last night, on Monday, September 11th, 2023, in a shocking turn of events, Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the New York Jets, suffered a devastating Achilles tendon rupture during his season debut. "Typically, these injuries happen during non-contact situations when there is forced dorsiflexion while pushing off, resulting in eccentric contracture of the muscle" explained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Sanders.
Achilles tendon ruptures can be treated either operatively or non-operatively, although professional athletes almost always opt for surgery due to the quicker, more reliable recovery and the slight increase in strength it offers. The average return to play for a professional athlete after Achilles tendon repair is 9-12 months, so this injury is definitely a season-ender for Rodgers. Hopefully, he will be ready to go for week 1 of the next season.
Achilles tendon ruptures can be managed through either surgical or non-surgical methods. However, professional athletes like Rodgers often opt for surgery due to its faster and more reliable recovery outcomes, along with the potential for slightly increased strength.
Reports emerged this weekend that Aaron Rodgers underwent an “innovative and new” procedure that involved putting an “internal brace” in his Achilles. There is optimism that he could potentially return to the field by January for a playoff run.
Update: Sep.19th, 2023
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