The Achilles tendon is the most commonly ruptured tendon in the body. Having a torn Achilles tendon is one of the most devastating injuries which the competitive and recreational athlete can suffer. Overall it is not as common an injury as, for example, tendonitis of the elbow, but it is much more difficult to treat in the higher levels of competitive sports.
Approximately 6% to 18% of athletes suffer from a torn Achilles tendon, which means that the injury affects about a million athletes every year. Injuries to the Achilles tendon are more common in men between the ages of 30-50, although it can also occur at any age in both genders. This can be attributed to the greater participation of men in sports activities compared to women. Most patients rarely do warm-up exercises and are not regularly active.
Although it is not entirely avoidable, there is much that can be done to reduce your chances of suffering such an injury.