Despite its benefits, the Calf Raise rarely reaches its full potential, because often only the ankle joint is used. Try to imagine a time in any sport when an athlete stands in one place and rises onto his tiptoes. This almost never occurs, because athletic movements are multi-jointed.
To apply the Calf Raise more directly to athletic performance, University of Minnesota strength coach Cal Deitz has Golden Gopher hockey players perform the exercise along with a hip and knee bend. This places the athlete in a sport-specific position and engages other joints used when skating or running. The calf is then strengthened in a position actually experienced in sports, which helps translate to improved performance in the rink or on the field.
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