It’s unlikely Kevin Durant will perform at the same level he did before rupturing his Achilles tendon during the NBA Finals, according to medical experts and academic research. The rehabilitation will be rigorous and take between nine and 12 months. Durant can expect to wear a cast or walking boot for six to 12 weeks. While the Achilles tendon in his right leg heals, his leg muscle will weaken. But it is possible for him to return as a productive player.
|Dr. Lowell Weil
Lowell Weil, DPM, a team podiatrist for the Chicago White Sox and a consultant for the Chicago Bulls, pointed to NFL linebacker Terrell Suggs as an example of what’s possible. Suggs, a seven-time Pro Bowler, in 2012 returned to play and registered a sack just five months after surgery for a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon. “So you can still be extremely explosive, and he’s such a talented athlete,’’ Dr. Weil said of Durant. “If he works hard in his recovery, there’s no reason to say he won’t be able to get back to the pinnacle of the profession.’’
Source: Josh Peter, USA Today [6/14/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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