Drs. Simon Lee and Johnny Lin of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), along with the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, are concerned about the rise in Achilles tears and ruptures among athletes of all ages. This injury typically takes an athlete out of his/her sport for an entire season. These experts point to over-training among youth athletes and lack of prevention tactics among 'weekend warriors'. MOR foot and ankle surgeons reported a nearly 300 percent increase in Achilles patients over a ten-year period (2004 through 2013).
Together, these two groups have created 'Ankles for Life' to provide awareness of all ankle injuries, most especially Achilles, and prevention strategies.