Achilles Tendonitis and Looking at the bigger picture

Ed Benskin
2 min readJun 28, 2021

I’m currently suffering from Achilles tendonitis.

This has been caused by playing rugby on incredibly hard ground — my studs won’t sink into the ground so effectively I’m playing on ice skates. Unfortunately, this means my Achilles tenon is overworking.

I tried to play through it. I ignored it for 2–3 weeks. But now it has become too painful, and i can no longer play through the pain.

Then a story/ life lesson one of my old rugby coaches told me when I was 17/18 popped into my head.

This is a lesson that has stayed with me throughout my life.

It’s funny how certain teachers, coaches etc., can have a massive effect on a child/adolescent/ young adult.

In his day, he was an outstanding full-back and fly-half. He had an incredible boot.

So from the age of 16 (when I first started playing adult rugby) till the age of 19 (when I went to uni), he was effectively my kicking coach.

He would often give me advice and guide me with how I played on the rugby pitch.

He had a nasty knee injury which put him out for about 2 years.

Shortly after playing again, the doctor told him he should stop playing, but it was his call to make.

I asked him if he would play again — mainly because I would have liked to have played with him once, mainly as we both played 10 and 15.