Christopher Chapleau


Tennis Leg is a common repetitive stress injury of the calf. It is often seen with athletes, particularly with tennis players, endurance runners, and cyclists. It is also common with active people over the age of 40, who partake in strenuous exercise, have weak core muscles, do not warm-up prior to play, and/or who have short, tight, inflexible muscles of the posterior lower leg (Nsitem, 2013; Stinson, 2018). If not treated properly this condition can often reoccur, leading to compensatory issues and arthrokinematic dysfunction above and/or below the lesion. This is a case of a professional tennis player with reoccurring calf pain, who was originally diagnosed with a grade 2 soleus strain five months prior. An effective way of treating these types of muscle strains is by using a mixed methods approach to treatment. Using both a conventional Western treatment model and integrating Chinese medicine has been a particularly successful approach for treating this reoccurring condition.   


Acupuncture, Athlete, Tennis-leg, Calf, Sprain

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