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Saints' Alex Kastens Achilles Healing, Ready for Fall

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After just two plays in their playoff game versus Georgetown back in November, Carroll Saints center Alex Kastens tore his achilles tendon while on a blocking assignment, ending his season.

"He was pretty depressed, pretty down as most athletes are. Especially ones that are juniors going to be seniors, starters," said Saints head athletic trainer Brian Coble.

An All Conference selection last season, Kastens has had to learn to walk before he could run in his rehab process. Literally.

Running has really been the toughest thing since coming back," laughs Kastens. "Like getting my calf strength back. The rest of my leg is really strong still and fine. I've actually been able to squat pretty heavy and get after it a little bit. So it's just running and that's the last hitch in my recovery."

Another part of Alex's recovery has been making his entire body stronger than ever, To prevent an injury like this again.

"It's not just like 'Oh we're going to go do some calf raises.' We're going to some power cleans, and then encorporatincorporatenting into that. We're going to do some explosive box jumps. And then we incorporate core movements such as sit ups, back extensions, pull ups," said Coble.

"I've been really working on my core, and my balance and stuff," added Kastens. "I've actually, since my rehab has required me to work more on  my balance. It's probably the most I've worked on my balance since I've been here. And I've been doing my footwork and my hands and obviously the mental game is what I've really been working on since I couldn't physically go out there and take the reps."

A stronger, more balanced Alex Kastens? Look out Frontier Conference. Alex is on schedule to be ready for training camp in August.
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