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What muscles make up the calf?

The gastrocnemius is the primary muscle of the calf. The soleus muscle lies deep to to gastrocnemius and may be included as a calf muscle.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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