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for calf tears


The calf is a group of muscles on the back of the leg travelling from the knee down to the Achilles tendon on the back of the heel. It is commonly injured while sprinting or pushing off to move forward during netball, basketball, squash and tennis. In the older athlete, long distance running may also be a cause. People often feel a sharp pain in the back of the leg at the time of the injury. Pain is often accompanied by weakness and an inability to stretch due to discomfort. Restoration of strength and the ability to stretch usually occurs within 7-10 days, as the tear begins to heal. 


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