calf muscle pump

calf muscle pump

an action of the calf (soleus) muscles in which the muscles contract and squeeze the popliteal and tibial veins, forcing the blood in those veins to move upward toward the heart. Also called soleus pump.
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Preventing Calf Muscle Pump Failure Kenneth McLeod Professor of Systems Science/Entrepreneur in Residence Binghamton University "The soleus muscle in the calf of your leg (often called the "second heart") serves to pump blood back to your heart, and so just as your cardiac muscle can fail, the soleus muscles in your legs can fail.
Elevates aerobic capacity (VO 2 max) - Lowers heart rate - Reduces leg fatigue/pain post exercise - Stabilizes the foot and ankle where most injuries occur - Reduces standing fatigue on the job - Increases calf muscle pump efficiency