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CrouchTPEngage
18-11-18, 15:11
For the 2nd time in a few months now, I tore my calf muscle. Weirdly both time happened about the same time in the game ; 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Could be coincidence, but I wonder if getting cold at half-time is a cause ? It the top of the muscle each time.( Soleus ? )
Anyway, this time it was when I was walking bakcwards and I had to suddenly push off and sprint forwards as there was an unpredctable change in direction.

Is there anything you can advise for how to stop calf-muscles pulling . Or speed up recovery ?

Thanks, in advance.

Rich_NL
18-11-18, 15:11
Most likely if it's the same muscle, it hasn't healed properly from the first time.

Warm up properly and stretch before and after the game, give it time to heal. Boring advice ;)

If it's a recurrent problem, you might have a weak spot in either your gait or your support muscles, maybe a strength imbalance. I had problems with my knees for ages until I strengthened my hamstrings, for example.

colesy
18-11-18, 18:11
I used to suffer from persistent calf strains even with a good warm up. Changed my boots to Asics Gel Lethals and the problem didn’t recur.

crossref
18-11-18, 19:11
I have had a tender Achilles this season :-( wish I could get rid of that

Marc Wakeham
18-11-18, 20:11
A little stretching at half time to keep the calf from seizing up at half time. TIME to covore from this one too.

buff
18-11-18, 21:11
I have had the same problem. Make sure you see an athletic therapist and have that person fully test you to find any strength imbalances, muscular weaknesses, or lack of flexibility. It could be any combination of those.

Christy
18-11-18, 21:11
I would look at your training methods ,,if you are simply jogging a few miles a couple of times each week .this could be part of problem .
Your training needs to match what we do on field .
Definitely look at your studs ,,smaller studs are ideal for me .
Warm up & down properly .

Let your calves heal properly ( missing a few weeks refereeing might help )

L'irlandais
18-11-18, 22:11
I reckon what you need is the elixir of eternal youth (https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2015/mar/18/of-mice-and-old-men-is-the-elixir-of-youth-finally-coming-of-age) – or at least extended middle age...
(I hung up me boots over this recurring issue.)

menace
18-11-18, 22:11
Primary cause of calf tears is being over 40...once that happens it's written into law that you must tear a calf.

2nd cause for calf tears: not seeing a physio to get a proper diagnosis and stretch and strength program.

For me...the cause was neural (back). Cue strength and stretch of back and also calf raises galore (plus changing to Asics gel boots!)

Dickie E
19-11-18, 04:11
I find these a big help

https://www.2xu.com/au/p/compression-calf-sleeves/UA2595b-BLK_BLK-M.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAuMTfBRAcEiwAV4SDkcfwgsomiotVM x76ou5rpe5Inf_bYsc-t2_d3dgPc8MRvcobKQgZ1xoCOWIQAvD_BwE&lang=en_AU&rmatt=tsid:|cid:936706202|agid:52029528604|tid:pla-372095058931|crid:241261189156|nw:g|rnd:1361287634 9439383758|dvc:c|adp:1o1|loc:9071419

DocY
19-11-18, 10:11
Most likely if it's the same muscle, it hasn't healed properly from the first time.

Warm up properly and stretch before and after the game, give it time to heal. Boring advice ;)

If it's a recurrent problem, you might have a weak spot in either your gait or your support muscles, maybe a strength imbalance. I had problems with my knees for ages until I strengthened my hamstrings, for example.

What Rich says. Even if your calf felt fine after the first tear - especially if you didn't see a physio the first time - you're likely to have a weak area in the muscle due to misalignments when it was healing. A sudden, very hard contraction can then pull open the old tear.

In terms of recovery, firstly see someone - preferably a sports injury specialist rather than a GP.

If you have a plantar fasciitis boot and/or a knee splint you could try wearing those at night to keep the muscle slightly stretched, but don't go out and buy them unless someone who's had a look at you advises it.

Camden91
30-11-18, 11:11
Calf strains occur when you tear or overstretch one of the muscles in your lower leg.

VM75
04-12-18, 21:12
I have had a tender Achilles this season :-( wish I could get rid of that

CR & CTPE , I've had both reoccurring Calf tear & a sore achillies pain, in both instances a course of physio has sorted both.

Calf took longest [8weeks] as the tear needed very firm [almost painful] massaging out
The achillies was 4 weeks of similar,

targetting the 'spot' and breaking it down seemed to be the key !

IMO physios costs of 18 per 30mins were well well worth it.

Ovey
14-12-18, 15:12
I had a recurrent calf strains for a whole season a few years back. I got come 2XU calf compression socks and switched to Asics boots and haven't had a recurrence (yet)!

Drift
17-12-18, 04:12
I used to have some calf issues, however like everyone else compression socks and Asics boots helped. However even before those what helped the most was losing weight, not sure how much you weigh or what your body type is but obviously if you're carrying a little less weight (if you can afford to lose some) makes your muscle's work a little easier and therefore not as many issues.