Calf Muscle Tears and Return to Play Times
Cal injuries are common amongst athletes and the time required to return to play can vary depending on injury severity.
Understanding average return to play and healing times can help set realistic expectations for athletes and coaches and prevent re-injury if returning too soon. .
Entwisle & Schneider, et al. (2018), assessed a group of patients with calf muscle tears and evaluated the integrity of the connective tissue. .
They also used MRI to determine injury severity and assess any correlation between the grading score and time to return to play. .
100 patients with clinical suspicion and MRI confirmation of calf muscle injury were evaluated. .
Each calf muscle tear was evaluated with MRI for:
Particular muscle injured
Location of injury
Integrity of the connective tissue
The muscle tears were graded 0–3 depending on the degree of muscle and connective tissue injury. .
Return to play for each patient was tracked. .
In 100 patients, 114 injuries were detected. .
Connective tissue involvement was observed in 63 out of 100 patients. .
18 patients had Grade 3 Tears (Full Failure).
Mean time to return to play:
Grade 0: 8 days
Grade 1: 17 days
Grade 2: 25 days
Grade 3: 48 days
The integrity of the connective tissue can be used to estimate and guide the time to return to play in calf muscle tears.
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Entwisle & Schneider, et al. Connective tissue injury in calf muscle tears and return to play: MRI correlation. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018;52:929-933.