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    Default Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    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.

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    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.

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    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.

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    I have had a tender Achilles this season :-( wish I could get rid of that

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    A little stretching at half time to keep the calf from seizing up at half time. TIME to covore from this one too.

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    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.

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    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 )

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    Default Re: Why do I keep tearing my calf muscle ? Any advice ?

    I reckon what you need is the elixir of eternal youth – or at least extended middle age...
    (I hung up me boots over this recurring issue.)
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    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!)
    Tell em it's Law 23 and smile

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