New podcast episode – ice-man Sam Blanchet

Having given your all playing rugby at the highest level and then to find you are at a point where injuries are hampering you and affecting your love for the sport what do you do? Retire gracefully or take up a dangerous new sport and aim to be an Olympian? If you are former England…

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Evaluation of a New Knotless Suture Anchor Repair in Acute Achilles Tendon Ruptures: A Biomechanical Comparison of Three Techniques – 2016

Abstract: Acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon are a common injury, and debate has continued in published studies on how best to treat these injuries. Specifically, controversy exists regarding the surgical approaches for Achilles tendon repair when one considers percutaneous versus open repair. The present study investigated the biomechanical strength of 3 different techniques for…

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Achilles Tendon Repair Using the InternalBrace Principle (2017)

Abstract: Despite extensive research, the management of acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon remains an area of controversy, and there is no consensus regarding the optimal treatment. An InternalBrace™ (Arthrex, Inc., Naples, Florida) is a ligament augmentation repair using high strength sutures/tape and knotless bone anchors which encourages healing and allows early mobilization…. Read more…

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Sam aiming to be back in team bobsleigh for Beijing

Just over 10 weeks ago Professor Mackay received a phone call from Sam Blanchet a former pro rugby player who is now a member of the GB Bobsleigh Team aiming to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. Devastatingly Sam had ruptured his achilles tendon. With the games less than a year away Sam…

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