July 21, 2014
Provided by Copley Hospital Certified Athletic Trainer Vin Faraci, MS, ATC
Morrisville – Tightness in the calf and Achilles tendon can often contribute to a variety of lower leg issues says Copley Hospital Certified Athletic Trainer Vin Faraci. Those issues can include shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. These injuries are common in running sports such as football and repetitive jumping sports as tennis and basketball.
Faraci recommends that before you begin stretching you warm up with a brisk walk or light jog. He notes that stretching should not be painful. If you experience pain when stretching, you are doing too much and should back off on the intensity of the stretch.
Faraci offers examples of calf and Achilles stretches that can easily be done at home. He recommends these stretches be performed 2-3 times on both sides of the body, holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds each:
Faraci is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Copley Hospital. He provides both land based and aquatic orthopedic rehabilitation. Faraci also works closely with area schools to ensure our student athletes are receiving the proper prevention and injury care to keep them on the slopes, fields and courts.
For more than 30 years, Copley’s Rehabilitation team has provided one of the most comprehensive and patient-friendly programs in Vermont. Copley provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services at their locations in Morrisville, Stowe and Hardwick. Services include: Athletic Training, Aquatic Therapy, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Hand, Occupational, Physical and Pediatric Therapies, Speech Language Pathology, Work Conditioning and Therapy for Urinary Incontinence. For more information, visit copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8303.