Originally Posted by Peppershaker
Google "The Stick", it's a massage device used primarily by runners. Pulled my calf muscle several times, now every morning I use the Stick, and my calves are no longer sore or tight.
Be carefull with stretching prior to playing, better to warm up by moving and getting your calves and legs limber even if it's just walking around at a brisk pace.
I second the Stick. Worth the money, IMO. Make sure you use a combination of static and dynamic stretching to enhance flexibility and reduce the chance of injury.