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Calf Strain - A pulled Muscle Strain Injury
What is a Calf Strain?
A strain is an injury in which muscle fibers or tendons are stretched or torn through there extreme overuse. A calf strain is an injury to the muscles and tendons in the lower back part of your leg.
How does Calf Strain occur?
Calf strain can occur during a physical activity where you push off forcefully from your toes. It may occur in running, jumping, or lunging.
The calf muscles consist of the Gastrocnemius which is the big muscle at the back of the lower leg and the Soleus muscle which is a smaller muscle lower down in the leg and under the Gastrocnemius. Either of these two muscles can be strained.
Symptoms of Calf Strain:
Treatment of Calf Strain:
When can I return to my sport or activity?
The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your sport or activity as soon and as safely as possible. But, If you return too soon you may worsen your injury, which could lead to permanent damage. Everyone recovers from injury at a different rate. Returning to your sport or activity will be determined by your recovering ability, the sooner your calf recovers, the soon you could join your sport or activity. Returning to your sport or activity is not determined by how many days or weeks have passed since your injury occurred. In general, the longer you have symptoms of the injury, the longer it will take you to get better.
You may safely return to your sport or activity when, each of the following points are true:
Prevention of Calf Strain:
Calf strains are best prevented by doing proper warm ups like running, sit ups, or with the help of any of the popular fitness equipments like treadmills, strength trainers, steppers, exercise bikes, dumbbells etc.. and by doing proper calf-stretching exercises before starting any sport or activity. These warm ups are especially important if you are doing jumping or sprinting sports.
What could a sports injury specialist do?
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