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, June 01, 2006

Leg Cramps & Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing News

If there’s one thing we’ve had plenty of experience with, its injuries from adventure racing . . . and leg cramps can be a big factor in certain races.

Having worked with Dr Adrian Cohen on 5 EcoChallenge multi-sport endurance events, you could say we’ve see our fair share of injuries, including leg cramps, calf cramps and abdominal cramps.

Dr Adrian Cohen, medical director for EcoChallenge puts it down mainly to extreme fatigue, compromised nutrition and dehydration.

“A lot of racers tend to get leg cramps when they’ve been racing for long periods without rest, without good nutrition and particularly when they’re dehydrated and pushing very hard”.

The best advice is to “stay ahead as much possible in terms of hydration and to use a sports drink high in carbohydrate energy and protein for the long events, and to alternate a bottle with water every hour, as a very rough guide”.

You can read more on how to prevent muscle cramps in the Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide.

We take you through all the strategies of hydration, nutrition, energy, treatment, massage therapy, training, flexibility and stretching and much more and we guarantee that you’ll never suffer cramps again . . . AND extend your sporting life.


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