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Mar 31, 2016
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In reply to MJ
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You're very welcome and I am glad to hear that! I am sure those who gave you advice are also happy to hear that you are OK now! Keep up the good work!

Mar 31, 2016
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Thank you
by: MJ

Thank you very much for your excellent and detailed response! It no longer bothers me (the calf) and I now take stretching very seriously before and after each session!

Feb 16, 2016
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Thank you, Kenji, for your information!
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Kendji, thank you very very much for adding your info here. It almost sounded like you have seen me!

I can relate myself to your comment, Kenji.

I have shoulder problems and also now back problem. I have not been able to train amost 4 months now due to the back issue.

I am doing physiotherapy to get back into kendo as quickly as possible.

It is very very important tot train your body for kendo. To do so, you should consult your doctor and if you know a physiotherapist,you should talk to him/her too!

Feb 11, 2016
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by: Kenji

In my experience, the problem with just doing Kendo is that you end up with vastly unbalanced muscle strength depending on how you do Kendo.

There are a lot of smaller muscles in the body that are supporting muscles that help stabilize the joints, posture, and other muscles. Strengthening those muscles will help reduce injuries and also help with Kendo as well.

A lot of people neglect the Minor upper back muscles for shoulder stability. It's one of the reasons why people get tight in the shoulders is because their chest muscles are overdeveloped while the opposing muscles in the back are weak.

By strengthening the proper muscles the shoulders will be pulled back to a more relaxed position and will pull your posture up taller. This also helps reduce muscle strain in the shoulder and injuries.

Similar examples exist for the hips, knees, ankle and all the muscles in between. For example risk of calf muscle injuries and torn Achilles can be lowered by strengthening the tibialis anterior muscle.

Feb 11, 2016
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Thank you, Ron sensei!
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Thank you for sharing your experience, sensei! I forgot about my experience too.

I was limping for about a week and I thought it was just a muscle ache.

But it turned out it was an indication that my Achilles tendons were just about to snap.

And they did while I was training.

See a doctor is always the first thing to do.

Feb 10, 2016
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See your Dr.
by: RFoxmich

I totally agree about seeing your Dr. to have your left calf pain/cramping checked out. I ignored it figuring it was just cramping and wound up with a torn Gastrocnemius that required several months of rehabilitation before I could get back to practice.

Could be cramps-- could be signs of something worse.

Don't take chances with your health.

Ron

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