Tennis leg is an incomplete tear or rupture of the calf muscle in the lower leg. The calf muscles include the superficial gastrocnemius, the larger of the lower leg muscles, and the soleus, the smaller, deeper muscle that runs under the gastrocnemius. The Achilles tendon connects the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles to the heel bone.
Initial Treatment for Tennis Leg 1. Protection. Protect the calf muscles by avoiding activities that require stretching, pulling, or placement of weight... 2. Rest. Rest also comes in the form of protection by resting the leg and avoiding the use of calf muscles. 3. Ice. Ice packs or compresses ...
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Mechanism of Injury. Sudden forceful contraction of the calf eg, when pushing off to change direction on the tennis court. Ruptures of the calf musculature usually occur near the point where the Achilles tendon merges with the inner belly of the calf muscle.
‘Tennis leg’ is an incomplete rupture of the inside of the calf muscle (Figure 1 and 1a). It is a typical tennis injury that often occurs in players in the 35 to 50 age group. This muscle injury may occur as a result of a sudden contraction of the calf muscles, for instance during a sprint. Figures 1 and 1a. Calf muscle strain ('Tennis leg').
Generally, surgery is not required for this injury. Tennis leg is a condition where there the plantaris muscle and/or the medial head of the gastrocnemius (calf muscle) is torn or ruptured. The plantaris muscle is a slender muscle located at the posterior side of the lower leg.
What you’ve just experienced is known as “tennis leg,” which is a tear of the medial head of the gastrocnemius–or the calf muscle. It is not a tear of the Achilles and it generally does not need surgery. Sports medicine used to think tennis leg was due to a rupture of the small muscle in the back of your knee. Not true.
Tennis leg. Tennis leg represents a myofascial or tendinous injury of the lower limb and, not surprisingly, is seen most frequently in tennis players.
Knee Injuries. Consider what tennis players do in a match: They run and jump, over and over again. As a result, they risk developing patellofemoral pain syndrome, which happens when the underside of the kneecap rubs against the bones of the leg. Another common injury is jumper’s knee, or patella tendonitis.