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--Torn Calf Muscle-- by Grzbear

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9/9/2007

Yesterday I got up, did my normal work out and then went out to take and teach Krav Maga for 3 hours. I was the target dummy for most everyone else... in full pads of course.

In the last 20 minutes of the last class, I tore my calf muscle. Anyone who has ever done this knows how painful it can be. I have been laughing and joking some about the event as I should have known better than to over extend myself physically for so long without rest and or a good stretch.

I am fortunate that we had a top notch sports injury doctor (this guy knows his stuff like nobody's business) in the observation room and consulted. Of course I got the the usual talk of using OTC this for pain and that for inflammation recommendations. I also was told I would have a huge bruise on the calf from knee to ankle.

I stayed off of it as much as I could and iced nearly all day yesterday afternoon. I am up and walking around today, gingerly, but walking around and no bruise has appeared yet and it does not look like one will. I was told 3-5 days before I should be putting weight on it and 7 to 10 before I should ease into exercises again with an emphasis on stretching it to begin with. I will most
likely continue my non-leg involved exercises through this recovery.

Perhaps I have dogged a more severe bullet due to my lifestyle and eating habits.

Is there anything else I can do to speed healing?

And then a mineral bath... any other suggestions? Update:I am doing very well. Never did get any bruising. Edit: No Bruising is one of the Benefits of Alkalizing and having enough Reserves of Alkaline Minerals in our body! End of Edit.

With the exception of a twinge or "gotcha" moment due to moving faster than I should, or an awkward movement it does not hurt when I walk.

I considered doing a very low key, brief workout on my mini trampoline, but thought I had better not and stuck to weights and body resistance exercises...