My exercise background
I was pretty active as a kid. I played just school and club sports from 5 years old to 8 years old (average of 3.5 sessions a week in winter over this time), school/club/representative from 9 years old to 10 years old (5 session a week in winter), club/representative from 11 years old to 13 years old (4 sessions a week in winter) and school/representative from 14 years old to 18 years old (6 sessions a week for 7 months of the year – INTENSITY INCREASES QUITE A BIT).
Before my penultimate season I started training 4 times a week + 1 team practice. Before my final season I started training 6 times a week (Run, Gym, Speed training, Gym then repeat). Both times I hadn’t done any training since the last game (6 months in the first case, 3 in the second). In the second case, after 3 weeks my calves started burning when going for runs. Not burning that I had to stop, but really tight.
The first time I went for a run I jogged for 20 minutes, 2nd time: 300m jog/100m run e.t.c. By the 5th time I got up to 100m jog/300m run for 35 minutes when the burning started. I would be fine for the first 4 laps then it would set in. I would stop (the burning wasn’t so bad I had to stop, but it still hurt) for one lap time then go again. This time after 3 laps it would set in. I would stop for two laps time then go again e.t.c. The burning would go away five minutes after finishing. It only happens when I go for runs, not at gym/speed training/practice/games.
Useful info/My injury history
Warmed up and down and stretched properly. Had a shower straight away after coming home. I ate and drank properly. The burning was in my calf muscle (gastrocnemius, not really my shins or achilles. I strained my calf 1½ years before this started and also 6 months after. Both times I was only out for 3 days, also they were quite painful when they happened. I have a history of leg strains also: Hamstring (twice) and Groin (twice).
Three of them happened in the last 3 of my seasons and each time I was out for a month. The other one happened when I was 11 and I was only out for a week. Both of the hamstring ones were because I didn’t stretch properly (if I don’t I am almost guaranteed to get injured). I have also tweaked my hamstring twice and hip flexor once in my last 2 seasons – play through ‘injuries’. I’m quite small built and my calves are tiny (13 inches), but my quads are quite strong.
What are the chances I have compartment syndrome?
Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.