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Salo: Karlsson’s Achilles will be stronger than ever

Apr 10, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo has gone through his own Achilles’ tendon recovery, so he has some firsthand experience on the issue and doesn’t foresee a problem with Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson‘s recovery.

In fact, if anything, Salo thinks the 2012 Norris Trophy winner will come back stronger than ever.

“Speaking to the specialist who operated on mine — he actually did (soccer star David) Beckham’s Achilles, too — he said it’s actually stronger than your other (tendon),” said Salo, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “It shouldn’t be susceptible to any more (injuries), but when you do explosive training, anything’s possible, with all the torque and power you put into different training.

“I’ve met a few track-and-field triple jumpers who had Achilles (surgery) before and they returned to form and jumped longer than before, so (Karlsson’s recovery) shouldn’t be a problem.”

Of course, the Senators don’t really need Karlsson to come back better than he was. They’d gladly settle for getting the old version back.

Karlsson resumed skating less than two months after getting his tendon sliced. The typical recovery time takes six months and Salo was in that range, although Salo’s injury was more severe.

“When mine happened, it sounded like somebody shot a shotgun in the area, with the tendon exploding,” Salo explained. Plus Salo was 36 at the time while Karlsson has the advantage of being only 22 years old.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson doesn’t think it’d be far-fetched to see Karlsson return before the end of the regular season. However, the Senators haven’t provided a timetable for his return.

  1. operwapitsai - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Jesus a shotgun though. I couldnt imagine the pain. I have enough trouble with just my early morning stretch

  2. JoeAvg - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    So does this mean they call off their silly forensic “experts” and send Matt Cooke flowers? Sorry, I still can’t get over that one.

    • har21441 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      seriously. Cooke should get a “thank you” from all Ottawa management

  3. drone501 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    can’t believe this. i had a bruised achilles and the pain was unbearable. hats off to the kid.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      It makes me cringe to watch the video of his injury. He gave one of those reactions that makes your own body respond to the injury just by watching it. I dorsiflex my ankle every time.

  4. typicalmontreal - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I tore 98% of my achilles tendon a year and a half ago. It does sound like a shotgun goes off right behind you.
    You look around wondering what is happening behind you until you realize you can’t feel your leg anymore. Very surreal. It took me about 6-9 months for it to heal, and then another 6 months before the strength began to get back to normal, though I Imagine his doctors were a tad better than mine.

    I watched the video of him skating the other day. I kept cringing every time he did a crossover. Lots of respect for his recovery, wish him all the best.

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