In December of last year, I began refereeing basketball games for the school where I work. Toward the end of the first quarter of a game early in the season, I felt a sharp blow to the back of my right calf, as if some sort of hard object had struck me. I actually turned to see what had hit me, but found nothing.

When I moved to follow the action of the game, the muscle in that part of my leg caused me a great deal of pain. I wasn't sure what had happened, and when the quarter ended a few moments later, I sat and briefly massaged my leg to try to ease the pain. Although I was able to finish the game, I needed to minimize my movements more and more as the game progressed.

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