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

Preparing Against Running Cramps in Ultra Endurance Events

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For ultra endurance events - it's more about very slow and very steady and months of preparation.

Once cramps and fatigue set in in an ultra endurance event, the only thing you can do is stop, rest and rehydrate with a sports replacement drink high in glucose and protein.

For faster recovery you can try massage therapy but this is only recommended about 24 - 48 hrs after completion.

Bottom line, if you plan on running on a treadmill for 24 hours, then practice on a treadmill for 24 hours (!!) - simulating the actual conditions you're going to perform in is one of the best ways to prepare.

You can read more about race preparation, training techniques, hydration, nutrition tactics, massage, sports drinks, flexibility and stretching in the Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide.


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