Your Achilles Heel: Tendonitis Prevention and Management

by Teige West

Achilles was a god from Greek mythology known for being a fierce, courageous and loyal warrior. He was undefeated in battle after battle, until he was killed after being shot in the heel with an arrow during the Trojan War. Why do you need to know this? Because his namesake, the Achilles tendon, isn’t quite life-or-death for you as a hurdler, but it is pretty close. An injured Achilles can derail your training and your performance, so you should keep it stretched, healthy and happy. Below we will break down the common tendon injuries, how to proactively prevent those injuries, and what to do if you get tendonitis.

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