Tight calf muscles are a common complaint among triathletes after intense sessions or races.
The feeling of tightness in the calves is a result of muscle fatigue and can be accompanied by discomfort and limited ankle range of movement.
Understanding that the feeling of restriction is often a protective response rather than a mechanical issue is helpful.
Muscle tension can result from increased activity or overuse, and assessing muscle tolerance is crucial.
Massage, performed by a professional or through self-massage techniques, can help relieve calf tension and desensitize the area.
Stretching provides immediate relief and can be incorporated before or after exercise, depending on the type of stretch.
A comprehensive strength and conditioning program aids in increasing activity tolerance and reducing muscle fatigue or tension.
Seeking advice from a physiotherapist is recommended to understand your body's response to activity and integrate appropriate techniques for managing tight calf muscles.