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Kobe Bryant injury: Updated timetable in 'a few weeks', running on treadmill now

The Lakers star is running on an anti-gravity treadmill now and team doctors will re-examine Kobe Bryant in a few weeks to determine a timetable on his return.


Kobe Bryant posted a video of him running on an anti-gravity treadmill Monday morning, and the Los Angeles Lakers will be re-examining his progress "in a few weeks" to determine an "updated" timetable, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

Bryant tore his Achilles on April 12. The footage of him running comes roughly four months since the injury occurred.

The treadmill he was running on is an AlterG treadmill. It is made specifically for rehabilitation purposes. The treadmill can "unweigh" a person up to 80% of their body weight in one percent increments and reduces running impact. No specifics regarding Bryant's settings were announced.

Bryant has previously shared a photo of him walking on the treadmill early in his rehabilitation process.

There has been rampant optimism regarding Bryant's recovery, though he was non-committal regarding his availability on opening night during his "Kobe Up Close" charity event. Bryant has stated that he has "shattered" the standard recovery timetable of an Achilles injury.

Dipping back into the Silver Screen and Roll archives, we had the chance to speak to an orthopaedic surgeon who claimed a six-to-nine month recovery window was "unlikely" at the age of 34 as most patients do not begin running until six months in. Bryant running on the treadmill four months into his recovery furthers the notion that he is well-ahead of schedule.

All that's left is to wait for the next team examination expected to come in a few weeks for a full update.

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