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March 26, 2010
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Anybody out there have Michigan State going far in their March Madness brackets? I know I did and it looks like a lower extremity injury might be the reason for Michigan State to be worried about getting any further in the NCAA basketball tournament. A MRI confirmed that junior star guard Kalin Lucas ruptured his Achilles tendon on Sunday in the close win over the University of Maryland. The injury occurred before halftime and Lucas was immediately put in a walking boot so that he could cheer on his teammates for the rest of the game.

Anyone who has spent some time around sports has probably heard about this type of rupture. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is responsible for attaching your calf muscles to the back of your heel bone. It is involved with the explosive power you need to plant and toe-off your foot in motions like jumping and running. Tearing this tendon is a common occurrence in more recreational settings especially with older competitors or those who may not be as active or as healthy as they once were. It is a very thick tendon but it has a common weak spot where a lack of good blood flow leads to most ruptures taking place in this area. Tightness and other age-related factors can lead to a situation where an explosive move or landing from a tall height is enough to cause a rupture. When it happens, most people remember a large popping sound and instantaneous pain. They liken the pain to the feeling that someone just kicked them in the back of the leg or like they were shot there. Men are five times more likely to have this injury and the peak age of injury is usually between ages 30 to 40. Young Mr. Lucas obviously wasn't in this age group but, perhaps some extreme tightness in his calves coupled with a landing from a large height such as a dunk could have lead to this injury.

Recovery is not a quick process for this injury. Most ruptures require a podiatric surgeon to surgically reattach the tendon to the heel bone. Recovery from the surgery can usually last between 4-8 months depending on how fast the patient heals and is compliant with his/her doctor's orders. This gives Lucas more than enough time to be back on the court and ready for his senior season next year.