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Austin Peay Senior Earnest Smith Will Miss 2013 Season Due to Achilles Tendon Tear

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Earnest Smith, senior defensive end for the Austin Peay football team, suffered an Achilles tendon injury during a recent summer conditioning drill.

Smith was working out on June 20th when he sustained an Achilles tendon tear, a serious injury that is expected to keep him out of play for the 2013 season.

It is an extremely disappointing injury and it will be blow to the team. This would have been Smith’s last season – he graduates in December – and last year he was named Austin Peay’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for 2012.

Smith underwent surgery to repair the Achilles tendon just last week and now is on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the road to recovery for an Achilles tendon injury of this severity can be a long one. It can take between six and twelve months for a patient to return to full activity after an Achilles tendon rupture.

We wish Smith the best and hope he heals quickly.

If you suffer a ruptured Achilles tendon, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Until you can get to a doctor, follow the R.I.C.E. method, which is rest, ice, compression and elevation.

If you would like to set up an appointment with Neuhaus Foot and Ankle, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Common Sport Injuries


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