Ask an expert

29 Jan 2013

Nursing an injury
Im a 40 year old female who plays squash at least 4 times per week. Got my first ever sports related injury on the squash court last week and tore my inner calf muscle. I am seeing a physio for treatment. I would like to know what food or supplement can I take to speed up my recovery (I''m out for 6 weeks) and/or strengthen my muscles in the future so that there is less chance of this incident repeating itself?
Answer 255 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Jax
I am sorry to hear that you have torn your inner calf muscle and that you will be out of commission for 6 weeks. If you are already eating a balanced diet that contains 2-3 servings of high quality protein (lean meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, or legumes) and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are rich in protective nutrients, you will not need to take additional supplements, etc. The human body needs time to heal and it would be dangerous to force yourself to become active before you are declared fit by your orthopaedic surgeon.
Take it easy
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.