importance of calves in football

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Ali14
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i wanted to know wat is the importance of calves in football as i am training them nowadays but dont know wat their benifit is in football...??

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they look cool
they may make u run faster
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helps in your shooting.
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Zuhair
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Calves are used to generate shooting power and help in running too like steve-o and Middleman13 said. they would look ccol too but i dont think that would be of much importance in football, just the looks? :P

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The importance is the same as every other muscle why would it be any different? You need them to be strong so you can run faster and for longer without getting tired. If you had weak calf muscles do you think that's going to be an advantage lol? You need them for everything football related.
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Calves are involved with almost everything you do in one way or another because you're always using your legs in some way.
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I've noticed in all the 90 minute games I've played, that the first muscles to go from exhaustion are my calves... once on the field my calf cramped up and I couldn't run anymore (pretty painful) but that was the only muscle that I experienced this sort of fatigue from. I think the acceleration factor, coupled with the fast sprinting on one's toes, means a lot of stress gets placed on these muscles. Sooooo develop them :D

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Yeah, this is the muscle you put a lot of strain on. Even in the pros, they always cramp up their calf muscles and try to stretch them. You need to build them up for everything football really!
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Your calf muscles help you run, shoot, jump, be explosive, and many other things. The stronger your calf muscles, the faster you can run, the harder you can shoot, the higher you can jump, and the quicker you can be when exploding into space. The calves are a very important muscle to have. You also need to have very strong quads and hamstrings too.
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this is off topic but... how do rock hard abs help in soccer?
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They get you "Got Milk" ads that appeal to ladies too. At least thats probably what Becks thinks. :roll:
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Steve-O search the forums and basically what you'll find is that it helps having a strong core for anything you do.


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Another off-topic question: which muscle is more important in your shooting ability, your calves or your quads? (Because I have rock solid calves but can't even leg press 300)

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Kakasgotskillz wrote:Another off-topic question: which muscle is more important in your shooting ability, your calves or your quads? (Because I have rock solid calves but can't even leg press 300)
Quads, no question. That's the main muscle you use for shooting, but your calves, hamstrings, and core are also important.

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Quads are also the muscle that help you if you want to dunk a basketball, for example.
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