WHY DO I GET CRAMS WHEN I EXERCISE?
Exercise – Associated muscle cramps ( EAMC ) is common for athletes at all levels. From your weekend warrior to your regular road runner or even your elite athletes.
Although many theories over the years have been proposed to try and explain EAMC most of the latest research does not support the widely held belief that cramps in athletes are caused by dehydration or electrolyte abnormalities.
SO WHAT DOES THE LATEST RESEARCH SAY ABOUT EXERCISE-ASSOCIATED MUSCLE CRAMPS( EAMC )
Well it goes like this:
- The problem typically happens only during extreme exertion
- Some athletes frequently experienced cramps while others don’t with some scientists even suggesting a genetic component at play
- There is little evidence to support the widely held belief that cramps are caused by dehydration or electrolyte abnormality
- There also appears to be a direct correlation with muscle fatigue
- Typically EAMC involves muscles which cross two joints such as the calf hamstrings or quadriceps
HOW DO I MANAGE EXERCISE-ASSOCIATED MUSCLE CRAMPS?
- In the acute phase stretching to involve muscle with contraction of the antagonist
- Make sure you are well trained and prepared for your sporting activity
- Keep to a similar match intensity and duration during training sessions.