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, September 07, 2006

A Misleading article on beach cramps

Here's a misleading article . . .

As this article would have you believe, beach running is likely to cause leg cramps - however that's a little misleading . . .

It's actually a lack of training on sand and lack of conditioning of the lower leg muscles that causes the problem.

As with everything, the more training you do on a new surface, the more likely it is you'll be able to avoid those leg cramps and running cramps.

Personally, I've been running on sandy beaches - both soft and hard sand, for over twenty years and the only time I've ever suffered cramps is when I've been out of condition.

A word of advice about beach running - if your focus is speed, it will slow you down - so vary the training on a number of surfaces - hard sand, soft sand, road, grass, track etc.


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