Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The purpose of this thesis was to study the anatomi cal structure, mechanical function, and mechanism of injury of the Achilles tendon. The surgical procedure, description and results of the rehabilitation program, developed by this researcher specifically for this injury were presented.

A case study of one twenty-three-year-old male subject was the basis of this study. A day-by-day follow-up of the subject's rehabilitation program from surgery to dismissal from rehabilitation were presented.

The results of this rehabilitation program were favorable. This subject was able to return to daily activities much sooner than expected and was able to participate in a competitive activity only six months after surgery.

The program cannot be generalized as useful to the population. It was designed for a particular subject who was able to spend two hours a day in therapy. The rehabilitation program can be used as a guideline for future programs for complete Achilles tendon ruptures.