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So I’ve run into an interesting conundrum with my leg. I started Crossfit a couple months ago and have been learning lifts and skills with decent success so far. About a month ago in class we began to go over the lovely double under. I laughed a little inside because I hadn’t touched a jump rope since 3rd grade P.E. class. After going through the different progressions, we finally had to do as many DU’s as we could in 2 minutes. After class, I had a decent ache in what I feel was the posterior compartment of my lower legs. It was deep in my soleus and inferior to my gastrocs. Just superior to my Achilles. Anyways, I attributed it to DOMS and tried to rest them for a while. To my surprise, they ached for almost a week and a half. I tried to assume the worst to make sure I allowed for proper healing time and self-diagnosed it as Posterior Compartment Syndrome. I smashed the heck out of my lower legs and tried to RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) where possible. After about another week the ache finally abated. Since then I’ve ran, box jumped, squat cleaned, you name it. Nothing bothers the lower leg despite the impact and loading. However after demoing a DU for a co-worker and strung only about 4 together, my calves began to hurt in the same spot almost immediately! Despite all the impact from the running and jumping, my calves never hurt. Suddenly a few DU’s put them over the edge? I’m afraid I’m missing something and need some ideas as to what could be going on. I make sure I’m not slamming the ground when I DU and just about land like a ninja, but it still lights me up. Any creative thinkers got some other ‘diagnosis’ for me?
Are your heels kissing the ground when you do your DU?
If your heels are not kissing the ground when doing DU you have an active landing and your muscle is contracted the entire time.
Have someone video tape you doing DU so you can see exactly what is happening.
I’m definitely not kissing the ground with my heels. I’d say I’m overloading that posterior tib and it’s hating life.