Calf muscle injuries

...onset, recovery time and return to sports

  • Soleus more often injured than gastrocnemius
  • Over half of the calf injuries does not occur acute
  • Recovery time after reinjury almost twice as long as after first injury

In professional Australian Football players who sustain a calf injury, m. soleus is involved more frequently than m. gastrocnemius. Moreover, players need more recovery time after a reinjury than after the first calf injury, and a recurrence often occurs within two months after the first injury. This is the conclusion after analysis of data from almost two hundred calf injuries in the ‘Soft Tissue Injury Registry of the Australian Football League’ (STRAFL).


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