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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - January 26 2013 :  09:25:20  Show Profile
I did a number on my left calf yesterday; pulled it right at the end of my run. Any idea on the healing time.....will my trip to the Shamrock Run be in jeopardy because of this???



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plpjap

129 Posts

Posted - January 26 2013 :  11:55:59  Show Profile
Do you have bruising?

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/legpainandinjuries/a/calf-strain.htm
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SeanMac

227 Posts

Posted - January 28 2013 :  15:27:07  Show Profile
JF
Pulled (3) calf muscles over the last 6 months and they are tough to shake. The last one was during the turkey trot so I decided to shut it down for a month. I have been back running for a month now and it's gone. Be careful not to come back too fast and just let it heal along with ice treatment


SEAN J. McDonnell
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - January 28 2013 :  17:51:01  Show Profile
I hope it's just strained.....but is there really a difference between the two. Gotta take it slow.....thanks for the tip.

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pearman

22 Posts

Posted - January 28 2013 :  19:51:06  Show Profile
The key to the calf is to roll with a foam roller and get those calves unknotted.....you have to get the knots out and it hurts rolling them if it hurts you are breaking up the knots.....you can heal in a week if you follow this but use the foam roller
http://www.thestick.net/Articles/Calf_%20Heart_%20Attack.htm
Take off as much time until no pin and roll the calves 3 or 4 times a day......then do a run of 30 seconds running easy 30 seconds walk times 10 for a couple days.
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - January 28 2013 :  23:47:50  Show Profile
I'm using a wiffle ball bat to roll and there is definitely a bump/knot on the left calf while the right calf is smooth.....how many minutes should each session be.

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SonOfRoxy

475 Posts

Posted - January 29 2013 :  11:59:09  Show Profile
I pulled mine in a XC race at the end of fall. It didn't really keep me from running, but slowed me down a lot. I highly suggest a good massage therapist to work on the knots. I think that's what helped me the most. Also, when you run, try to run from the hip instead of pushing from your toes if that makes any sense. Mine felt really bad at first and I got past it pretty quickly.
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Enrico

8 Posts

Posted - January 31 2013 :  11:25:23  Show Profile
Depends on what happened.... I tore/sprained my plantaris, was down for 2 weeks, and then eased back in.
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - January 31 2013 :  22:46:39  Show Profile
The calf is making great progress......it feels normal again, but naturally I am afraid to try running on it. I ordered some new running shoes and when they come via the mail, I will try a little jog. But, it could feel great for 6 minutes then go out again. I really would like to hit the Shamrock Run and I've been telling my calf of this wish every morning. I hope it's listening!

Riding the stationary bike just doesn't cut it.

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pearman

22 Posts

Posted - February 04 2013 :  21:19:21  Show Profile
be sure to not run for a long duration, if you run 6 minutes and it pops again you will be back to square one and have to go through it all over again....run 30 seconds walk 30 seconds X 10 and see how it holds up. Do this for a week and then try an easy 3 miler.
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SeanMac

227 Posts

Posted - February 05 2013 :  15:23:30  Show Profile
it is a trick injury. I have tested it for 20 mins or so with no pain and then 5 mins later, it tightened up. Be careful

SEAN J. McDonnell
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - February 05 2013 :  19:20:14  Show Profile
I ran for 4 minutes, 8 minutes and then 11 minutes, and was pain free. Could I be in the clear?

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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - February 05 2013 :  19:21:14  Show Profile
All my runs are 3 milers......lol.

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IMacedog

175 Posts

Posted - February 05 2013 :  19:52:33  Show Profile
Find a good ART person.

Jeff Tracy
Jeff@Score-This.com
http://score-this.com
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - February 06 2013 :  20:07:06  Show Profile
What does ART mean???

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Roosterm

228 Posts

Posted - February 07 2013 :  06:42:02  Show Profile
Active Release Techniques (ART)

Active Release Technique is state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.





Mark
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SonOfRoxy

475 Posts

Posted - February 07 2013 :  12:33:50  Show Profile
Like I said about 10 posts ago, that's what I credit for getting me past mine.
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