A qualitative assessment of return to sport following Achilles tendon repair

Joshua G. Peterson*, Vehniah K. Tjong, Mitesh P. Mehta, Bailey N. Goyette, Milap Patel, Anish R. Kadakia

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Studies have demonstrated successful return to sport rates following Achilles tendon rupture and repair. The purpose of this study is to understand the subjective intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors influencing an athlete's return to pre-injury level of sport following Achilles tendon repair. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews of 23 athletes who had undergone Achilles tendon repair were conducted and analyzed to derive codes, categories, and themes. Three major themes affecting return to sport were elucidated from the interviews: personal motivation, shift in focus, and confidence in healthcare team. These findings can direct healthcare teams on how to better guide patients post-operatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Qualitative interviews
  • Return to sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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