BSP Breaks a Leg

Filed under: General Health

Yes it’s true, I broke part of my tibia a little over a week ago.  I played in a rugby tournament with some old college buddies and on the last play of the last game I got tackled (though not before I passed the ball off and we scored as time as expired to have a chance to tie.  Alas we missed the kick.) and simply rolled my ankle inwards towards the ground, breaking part of my tibia.

Other than breaking my nose in practice, and subsequently re-breaking it two weeks later in a game, I have never been injured playing rugby.  Bruised and battered yes, but never injured.  Maybe at 28 I am past my prime!  Probably so when it is only the second time I play in 4 years!

Anyway, apparently this injury is quite rare.  90% of the time you roll your ankle you roll it the other way, with the outside of your ankle going towards the ground, ending up in a sprain.  I did this a bunch of times in high school soccer.  This was different.  After I got tackled I was able to walk off the field, but just a little while later after icing the ankle it stiffened up to the point that I could no longer walk.

After getting assessed by the trainer she was pretty sure I had broken the bottom part of my tibia.  Apparently the ligament that attaches your tibia to your calcaneus (aka your heel), known as the tibiocalcaneal ligament, is so damn strong that instead of spraining, it simply breaks your tibia where it attaches.  Awesome.

The white ligament going from your tibia to your calcaneus (heel)

Right now I am in a sweet cast with a walking boot.  Fortunately I am able to walk about pretty well, and will be in this get up for 2 more weeks.  From there we re-assess and see if I can go to a walking boot only or need surgery.  Apparently 1 in 6 of these breaks don’t heal properly and require surgery, but I am young and healthy and this is less likely for me.

So, moving forward I will be discussing my nutrition and supplement strategies to help facilitate healing as well my training while I am injured.  I will also be posting up some sweet vids of my training with a cast on, so be prepared!

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Posted on July 31st, 2012 by Brian St. Pierre

8 Comments

  1. Dean Somerset Says:

    Ouch! That’s a tough one, sorry bud. I’ve had ankle issues from basketball, and they weren’t fun, but hopefully you can make a speedy recovery.

  2. Scott McGuire Says:

    Is this the same injury Rob Gronkowski suffered during the AFC Championship game?

  3. Brian St. Pierre Says:

    Thanks Dean, it seems to be doing well.

    Scott, I don’t know, but that would be pretty badass!

  4. Mitch Says:

    If anybody can handle the nutrition side of the recovery it’s you – best of luck!

  5. Chris perry Says:

    Brian that sucks. Take it slow

  6. Jimi Says:

    Athletic Trainer, not trainer. Thank you, your local Athletic Trainer.

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