November 13, 2009, Newsletter Issue #108: If You Only Do One Stretch, Make it a Calf Stretch

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If there is one stretch that no athlete should be without, it's probably a calf stretch. Tight calves have been implicated in several common sports ailments, such as plantar fasciitis, but they also can contribute to muscle imbalances that lead to more serious injuries. Try this great way to stretch both calves at once:
Stand with the balls of your feet on the step and hold onto a wall or railing for balance. Slowly lower your heels. Hold for a count of five, and slowly raise them. Repeat 3 times. You can do this stretch as part of a pre-workout warmup or post-workout cool-down. Stop if you feel pain or discomfort.

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