Each time we land when running the calf has to absorb 2-3x your bodyweight. The calf complex also provides up to 60% of our shock absorption when walking/running!
Having big, strong calves is a necessity to prevent injuries and improve performance especially for runners and those playing high impact sports such as netball, soccer and AFL.
Give this simple test a try and see how you go compared to normal values for your age bracket.
Andrew Clark is a father of 3 and the owner and principal physiotherapist at Clinical Physiotherapy, St Ives. He graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in 2010 and has since had 10 years experience working in musculoskeletal private practice. He has undergone extensive professional development and has experience treating a wide variety of patients and musculoskeletal conditions.