Just incase you didn’t know, just 14 weeks ago I completely ruptured my achilles doing rebounding box jumps. It was on the 28th rep of the filthy fifty. I hadn’t done any box jumps yet during the week, I had no calf or achilles soreness and did a full complete warmup like any other day.
I had heard rumors and rumblings about the rebounding box jump and the risk of achilles rupture, but like any other competitive athlete I had the ‘that’s never going to happen to me’ mentality, until IT DID!
When it first happened there were a few posts and blogs written about people using me as the example of how risky rebounding box jumps are. I was PISSED to say the least, but I was also emotionally charged from being set back. Now that 14 weeks have passed and I’ve had time to let go of the anger of the injury and share my story I have much different feeling.
I would agree with everyone that sited me as the example of the rebounding box jumps risk. Why? Because in just a what seemed like forever but is really short 14 weeks I’ve had 8 people reach out to me for guidance and support because they had just ruptured their achilles rebounding on box jumps.
Now maybe it’s like a Volkswagon. You never see any and then you buy one and you see them every where. But for me it’s a powerful statistic that so many have reached out me in such a short time. I know you’ll have a hard time convincing me that I or any of my athletes should be rebounding. Yes, it’s slightly faster, but at what risk?
I know I have implemented a STRICT step down policy at Coca. It’s my job as a coach to keep my athletes safe and probably more so that I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I did. I know they could rupture it running, jumping off the pullup bar, walking etc, but I don’t want to increase their chances by letting them rebound.
You have to decided what’s best for you and your athletes. But for me and my athletes we’ll be stepping down under the Coca roof. We’ll just be getting really effing good at everything else so that a few second loss will be made up else where.