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SportsAchilles injuries can be tough for athletes to overcome

08:41  12 june  2019
08:41  12 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon

Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon Warriors reportedly believe Kevin Durant has torn Achilles' tendon

Achilles injuries can be tough for athletes to overcome© Dean Rutz Breanna Stewart, the 2018 WNBA Finals MVP, injured her Achilles while playing in Europe.

Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury doesn’t just change the tenor of the NBA Finals by depriving the Golden State Warriors of their best player. And it doesn’t just alter this summer’s NBA free agent market. The injury could affect the rest of Durant’s hall-of-fame career.

Athletes in a variety of sports have suffered Achilles tears, but returning to peak performance is a challenge, especially for those, like Durant, who are older than 30.

KOBE BRYANT

Before: Five NBA titles, two scoring titles, two MVP awards with the Lakers.

Report: Durant traveling to New York for Achilles evaluation

Report: Durant traveling to New York for Achilles evaluation Kevin Durant is traveling to New York on Tuesday for a doctor's evaluation on his injured right Achilles tendon, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. The Golden State Warriors stayed overnight in Toronto following the Game 5 victory over the Raptors in which Durant was injured. The Warriors said he was slated to undergo an MRI on his right leg Tuesday, and the team reportedly believes the results will confirm a torn right Achilles tendon. Durant suffered the non-contact injury early in the second quarter of Game 5 after playing 12 of 14 minutes.

The injury: In the final moments of a Lakers win over Golden State in April 2013, Bryant drove to the basket, stumbled and hit the floor, grabbing at his left lower leg.

After: Bryant played just six games in 2013-14, 35 in 2014-15, and 66 before retiring following the 2015-16 season.

BREANNA STEWART

Before: 2016 Olympic gold medallist, two-time WNBA all-star and MVP of the 2018 WNBA Finals.

The injury: Midway through the EuroLeague championship game in April, Stewart landed on Britney Griner’s foot and crumbled to the ground, grasping at her calf.

After: Out for the season. Her injury highlights the WNBA’s player pay issues. The league’s max salary is $117,000 (U.S.), but most players make way less than that. Many play year-round to supplement their income, even as sports science tells us load management can safeguard player health.

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RYAN HOWARD

Before: National League rookie of the year in 2005. NL MVP in 2006. Averaged 49.5 home runs per season from 2006 to 2009.

The injury: Tore his Achilles tendon on the last play of the last game of the 2011 NL championship series. “I was trying to run and felt a pop,” he told MLB.com. “It felt like the whole thing was on fire.”

After: Played the last half of the 2012 season, hitting 14 home runs in 71 games. Only topped 130 games once in the final five seasons of his career.

RICHARD SHERMAN

Before: Four-time Pro Bowler who led the NFL with eight interceptions in 2013.

The injury: Happened during a Thursday night game in November 2017. Sherman said afterward that he saw it coming, and pointed to the short recovery cycle between games as a contributor to his injury.

After: Played 14 games last season, and failed to record an interception for the first time in his seven-year NFL career.

DONOVAN BAILEY

Before: World champ in 1995. Set the world and Olympic record with a 9.84-second 100-metre dash at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

The injury: Suffered while warming up for a pickup basketball game after the 1998 track season.

After: Returned midway through the 1999 season. The following year he ran 9.98, but never qualified for another world or Olympic final.

Morgan Campbell is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @MorganPCampbell

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