Before reveiwing the calf stretches lets get a better understanding of the superficial group of calf muscles that includes:
Benefits Of Calf Stretches
The calf muscles can become tight with all of the work that they have to do, especially when running and/or playing sports.
Stretching these muscles helps increase/maintain flexibility which then helps maintain the proper range of motion (ROM) of the ankle as well as prevent a variety of injuries that could occur in the lower leg.
If you lose the ROM in the ankle, the body needs to compensate elsewhere.
Calf Stretching Exercises
Standing Calf Stretch (v.1)
Standing Calf Stretch (v.2)
Sitting Calf Stretch
Standing Soleus Stretch (v.1)
Standing Soleus Stretch (v.2)
Sitting Soleus Stretch