Help with Running Cramps

Running cramps, particularly running calf cramps, afflict everyone from the person going out for a morning jog, to elite athletes. And it's not just runners that get cramps they can be a factor in any sport - tennis, swimming, golf, cycling and triathlon. This site is dedicated to sharing ideas and information between sports people, athletes, health practitioners, anyone who enjoys training - for the best ways to prevent, avoid and treat muscle cramp.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Calf cramp sidelines Baghdatis in the Australian Open Tennis final

We were watching the tennis final last night in Melbourne - we're sure everyone saw what happened to Marcos Baghdatis in the 3rd set. It just shows that cramps don't discriminate between professionals and everyone else.

The interesting thing was how it was treated. Our friend Dave from Singapore (osteopath & kinesiologist) always advocates squeezing and pumping the muscle to get the blood flowing again (as opposed to stretching). And that's exactly what Baghdatis' physio did - started off by squeezing and massaging the muscle upwards towards the heart, and then followed that up with some vigorous stretching.

Couple of contributing factors that the commentators were discussing - nervous tension, fluid loss and fatigue.


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