Stretching & Flexibility/Calf Muscle Injury


Dear Mr. Walker,

I am a 40 y/o active male.  I was playing tennis (which I do very regularly) and after suddenly changing direction my calf muscle felt pain.  I don't know if it was a pull, a strain, or what have you.  I was able to complete my match.  I couldn't run as well and it hurts a bit to walk on.  It never felt worse nor better during the rest of the match and hours later at home.  7 hours later I got on the treadmill.  I'm able to run but it hurts more when I run.  I can't feel it all when sitting down, but I can when I move the muscle or walk.  It feels like a giant knot down there.

Based on the above do you have a clue as to what this is?  Is this what a "pulled" muscle might feel like?

Secondly, how do you recommend I treat it?  Massage it out?  Ice?  

I thank you very much for your help!  :)


Hi James,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

From your description I'm 99% sure that you have a strain in one of the calf muscles.

Immediate treatment is rest and ice for 48 to 72 hours. And then move onto heat and massage. Take a look at our article: Pulled Muscles, Scar Tissue and Re-Injury...

It goes into a lot of detail on how to treat soft tissue injuries (like calf strain) and will help to answer any questions you might have about the treatment process.

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.

Brad Walker
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Brad Walker (The Stretch Coach)


I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.


I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and

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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at, and

I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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