a charley horse

a charley horse

  (American informal)
a sudden, painful tightening of a muscle in your arm or leg She got a charley horse in her leg and had to stop dancing.
See also: charley, horse
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Injury update: Kip Brennan remained in Los Angeles to get treatment for a charley horse in his leg.
Our fitness expert Kay Mikesky explains that a charley horse refers to a muscle cramp or spasm in the lower leg.
No one really knows why a leg cramp is called a charley horse.
My wound) felt like a charley horse - a blow to your arm.
Stumpel, who has missed 13 games with assorted injuries, stayed down for several minutes but returned for the last two periods despite a charley horse to his left knee.
Injury update: Defenseman Jaroslav Modry suffered a charley horse to the right thigh in the second period when the Ducks' Jeff Nielsen ran into him.
Jyrki Lumme, who missed three games with a Charley horse, returned Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Right wing Kai Nurminen limped off the ice during practice Monday with a charley horse.
He's got a charley horse and we don't know exactly when he'll be back,'' team spokesman Jean Martineau said Sunday night.
Five minutes later, backup Byron Dafoe suffered a charley horse in his right thigh when forward Ray Ferraro tumbled into him after being pushed by defenseman Sean O'Donnell.
Stevens suffered a charley horse when Detroit defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov checked him during the second period.
Kings defenseman John Slaney, who suffered a charley horse against the Blackhawks, won't play tonight and is 50-50 for Saturday's game against San Jose.
Slaney suffered a charley horse to his left leg, the Kings said.