Badass Female Hurdler Finishes Final Collegiate Race After Rupturing Achilles
“I never really thought of stopping,” she said. “To me, that would have let myself, my team, and my coaches down.”
Erdahl had successful surgery on her Achilles four days later. The recovery and rehabilitation process for a blown Achilles is notoriously tough — but with the resilience that Erdahl has already shown, there’s little doubt that she’ll blaze through this challenge as well.
Is it being a badass to ignore acute trauma like this? How much long-term damage did she do just because she wanted to help her teammates? The crowd applauded her perseverance, but will they be around to applaud her attempts at pain management? For even when surgery is successful, a chronic pain condition could develop. Will her teammates be around to help her when that injury causes her pain for the rest of her life?
Should we redefine what “badass” actually means?
Bruce Hunter you apparently missed the part where she already suffered a COMPLETE rupture. Once that has happened, there is nothing more you can do to it. If peopel dont do things because they “might” have complication, we might as well cancel ALL sports and just wrap everyone in bubble wrap at birth.
Nicole, there are many things to love about sports. But I’m not sure every athlete understands the long-term effects of pushing oneself beyond the limits and capabilities of the human body. (Was the human head built to withstand boxing and football?) And I’m pretty sure athletes don’t understand the consequences of injuries suffered in their youth, as many people over 50 could tell you. Should you be thinking about a future of pain when you’re competing in a sport you love? Who should we ask, the young or the old?