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Calf strains

There are three calf muscles at the back of the lower leg: medial gastrocnemius, lateral gastrocnemius and soleus (which lies deep to the two gastroc muscles).

The calf is primarily responsible for creating power early in running, walking or sprinting (acceleration phase). Because of this, calf strains occur most commonly in a 'take-off' or 'push-off' movement.

Steve Waugh pulled a calf muscle during the 2001 Ashes series tour. Matthew Pavlich of the Fremantle Dockers sustained a calf strain in Round 22 of the 2011 AFL Season. Mark Gasnier of the St George Illawarra Dragons sustained a calf injury in 2011. He missed City v Country but went on to play State of Origin that year.
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Steve Waugh pulled a calf muscle during the 2001 Ashes series tour. Hover over the picture to see the change in the muscle as he pushes off.
(Images sourced from Channel Nine)
PLAYERS WHO HAVE HAD CALF STRAINS
Name Team Onset Year Sport
Evgeniy Levchenko Adelaide United Week 3 2011-12 aleague
Milan Susak Adelaide United Week 6 2011-12 aleague
Evgeniy Levchenko Adelaide United Week 6 2011-12 aleague
Sergio van Dijk Adelaide United Week 6 2011-12 aleague
Adam Kwasnik Central Coast Mariners Week 5 2011-12 aleague
Stuart Musialik Central Coast Mariners Week 8 2011-12 aleague
Joel Porter Gold Coast United Week 4 2011-12 aleague
Simon Colosimo Melbourne Heart Pre Season 2011-12 aleague
Grant Brebner Melbourne Victory Week 5 2011-12 aleague
Ben Kantarovski Newcastle Jets Week 5 2011-12 aleague
Billy Mehmet Perth Glory Week 13 2011-12 aleague
Bas Van Den Brink Perth Glory Week 25 2011-12 aleague
Karol Kisel Sydney FC Pre Season 2011-12 aleague
Shannon Cole Sydney FC Week 3 2011-12 aleague
Stirling Mortlock Rebels Trials 2012 UNION
Toby Smith Chiefs R 1 2012 UNION
Kevan Mealamu Blues R 4 2012 UNION
Heath Scotland Carlton R 10 2012 AFL
Andrew Walker Carlton R 16 2012 AFL
Patrick Ryder Essendon R 16 training 2012 AFL
Josh Hunt Geelong NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Grant Birchall Hawthorn R 3 2012 AFL
Tyrone Vickery Richmond R 6 2012 AFL
Lindsay Gilbee Western Bulldogs NAB Cup 2012 AFL
Brad Thorn Highlanders Pre Season 2013 UNION
Brent Moloney Brisbane Round 15 2013 AFL
Matthew Kreuzer Carlton Round 20 training 2013 AFL
Setanta O'hAilpin GWS Round 6 2013 AFL
Lenny Hayes St Kilda Round 6 2013 AFL
Sam Butler West Coast Round 6 2013 AFL
Beau Waters West Coast Round 3 2013 AFL
Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs Round 10 2013 AFL
Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs Round 1 Training 2013 AFL
Kurt Gidley Knights Round 2 2013 NRL
Willie Mason Knights Round 2 2013 NRL
Michael Weyman Dragons Round 4 2013 NRL
Dave Taylor Titans Round 10 2013 NRL
Ben Hannant Broncos Round 16 2013 NRL
Luke Lewis Sharks Origin 3 2013 NRL
Jeff Robson Sharks Round 18 2013 NRL
Ben Hannant Broncos Round 19 2013 NRL
Andrew Fifita Sharks Round 26 2013 NRL
Alessandro Del Piero Sydney FC Round 2 2013-14 ALEAGUE
Ashley McGrath Brisbane Pre-season 2014 AFL
Chris Yarran Carlton Round 20 2014 AFL
Brian Lake Hawthorn Round 7 2014 AFL
Dane Rampe Sydney Round 11 2014 AFL
Mitch Brown West Coast Round 20 2014 AFL

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