Calf Muscle Strain
This problem in more common in people who do activities with sudden bursts of speed, such as track sports, basketball, and football.
Other things that may raise your risk of this problem are:
- A prior strain or injury to the muscle
- Tight calf muscles
- Not being ready for the exercise or stress
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a (Pulled Calf Muscle; Gastrocnemius Strain; Gastrocnemius Tear; Gastrocnemius Muscle Injury)
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