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.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

How To Beat Running Cramps & Muscle Crampsin Distance Events

delawareonline � The News Journal � Learning to love distance despite pain

As this article shows, it's running calf cramps that are a major problem for many marathoners and half marathon runners, particularly in the latter stages of the race.

In this article the runner, a relatively experienced athlete, has calf cramps in one leg - then gets them in the other leg - and they're so debilitating that he's reduced to just being able to walk.

In our book on Running Cramps we have several suggestions that would help this athlete and others like him.

In this case I'd start with changing the nutrition, and introducing a sports drink with additional electrolytes.

In cases of chronic cramping I've also found Japanese acupuncture techniques to be extremely helpful. One of the techniques we outline in the book, we show you pressure points for the calf and the leg that can help keep you moving and show you exactly what an experienced acupuncturist will do to keep you running pain-free all the time.


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