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Calf Strain Causes & Risks

Causes

A calf strain can be caused by:

  • Stretching the calf muscles beyond the amount of tension that they can withstand
  • Suddenly putting stress on the calf muscles when they are not ready for the stress
  • Using the calf muscles too much on a certain day
  • A direct blow to the calf muscles

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of a strain. Risk factors for calf muscle strain include:

  • Sports that require bursts of speed, such as:
    • Running
    • Hurdles
    • Long jump
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Football
    • Rugby
  • Fatigue
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Overexertion
  • Cold weather

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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