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Pulled muscles are the most common sports injury, and are caused by a sudden over-stressing of the muscle. Runners frequently pull hamstring and groin muscles, but quadriceps, calf muscles and others are also subject to pulls.
Don't try to “work through” a muscle pull. This could result in worsening the injury – and lengthening the time you'll be sidelined. Instead, ice and rest the affected muscle. As soon as you reasonably can, gently stretch the muscle to help promote flexibility. Don't overdo it, though. Gradually return to your training program.
Severe pulls and muscle tears require a doctor's care.