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Discussion: Calf rehab

in: EPOCspookster; EPOCspookster > 2021-03-06

Mar 6, 2021 9:30 PM # 
That pace seems a bit quick. When I am recovering from a calf issue I start with little jogs at 10 min/mile pace interspersed with walks. Eg walk 5 min, jog 5 min, repeat...
Mar 6, 2021 11:20 PM # 
My physio reminds me all the time that men (particularly) of our age (roughly) very often develop a lot of calf problems.
A lot of calf care and rehab and listening to when things aren't right.
I am not good at getting rehab right.
Don't be me.
Mar 7, 2021 8:58 PM # 
Does your physio offer any advice at how to avoid the calf problems in the first place?
Mar 7, 2021 10:04 PM # 
Kim recommends lots of heel raises.
Mar 8, 2021 7:54 AM # 
Yes. Lots of calf raises. And maintaining the "bounce" - so hopping, jumping, skipping etc.
Mar 8, 2021 6:08 PM # 
Mar 9, 2021 9:46 AM # 
I'm biased, but i think a lot of calf problems aren't started by the calf / aren't a problem *with* the calf - it's lack of flexibility & "give" in the system above the calf - the glutes, the lower back even; the hamstrings. Sadly, it's the calf that can pay the price for this lack of "wiggle room" in the higher-up tightness (and achilles too, sometimes).

Should i get a snitchy calf on a run, once I stretch out my glutes, my calf immediately gets relief & i run on.

Weirdly for me, I've not pulled a calf now for about 8 years. It's got better with age. Probably luck. I'd agree with Chas re heel raises as well, though.
Mar 9, 2021 10:38 AM # 
"The leg bone's connected to the.... hip bone" - it's all part of one big system. And we're supposed to look after all of it.
Mar 9, 2021 12:30 PM # 
I think Phil has a point about the glutes. I used to concentrate all my stretching on calves and hamstrings but since I have started including glute stretches I've had less calf issues. I think...
Mar 9, 2021 4:07 PM # 
Ah! Interesting. Makes sense. I actually *never* stretch my calves now. I do glutes & hammys. that's it.

My bias comes from years of an osteo (for my back), and also a physio/osteo (for my leg injuries), both telling me this stuff about everything connected / "give" in the system.

Let's hope your calves do indeed stay intact Charlie! And Simon can recover in time for more Turfing.
Mar 9, 2021 5:14 PM # 
Turfing! That is soooo last month! Orienteering is the new black.
Mar 11, 2021 10:15 AM # 
Orienteering? What's that? Not sure I recall.
I've started my March Turf in earnest. Rumour has it PFO want to challenge BOK to a Turf head-to-head. Starting April. We'll win, obviously ;-)

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