Achilles Tendon Lesions in Soccer Players

  • Jón KarlssonEmail author
  • Nicklas Olsson
  • Katarina Nilsson Helander


Achilles tendon ruptures are increasingly common, especially in males. The rupture commonly occurs in sports-active persons with a peak age around 40 years. Achilles tendon rupture should be diagnosed clinically, using the well-known Thompson’s and Matles tests. Ultrasonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are seldom needed to establish the diagnosis. The treatment is either non-surgical or surgical. Surgical treatment is related to lower risk of rerupture and is generally recommended in active athletes. A strong core suture, with local augmentation is a safe method with very low risk of rerupture. Early range of motion is recommended after surgical treatment. The rerupture rate is higher after non-surgical treatment, over 10 %. Interestingly, only 50–65 % of all patients who have sustained an Achilles tendon rupture return to the pre-injury activity level.


Achilles tendon Injury Rupture Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jón Karlsson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicklas Olsson
    • 1
  • Katarina Nilsson Helander
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsSahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg UniversityGothenburgSweden

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