Epidemiology and Outcomes of Achilles Tendon Ruptures in the National Football League
A quarter of all athletic injuries, irrespective of the specific sport or level of play, involve the foot and ankle. Over recent years there has been a noted increase in Achilles tendon ruptures and this study observes within the USA National Football League (NFL) how serious the consequences can be. This injury often proves to be a career-altering experience. More than a third of NFL players who sustained this injury were never able to return to professional play, those who did return experienced on average a greater than 50% reduction in their power rating.