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.

Friday, September 08, 2006

A Young Iron Man's Experience with Running Cramps

Despite powerful running cramps, 17 year old Nathan Muldoon became the youngest iron man to have ever cometed in the CaliforniaMan.

You can read about his experience here.

In his editorial he mentions being offered ASPIRIN for his running cramps.

This is pretty disturbing - taking a blood thinning drug that has serious side-effects on the gut is a long-term recipe for disaster and totally at odds with healthy exercise and long term health.

One of the reasons it can work is that when you are chronically dehydrated the blood tends to thicken and the flow is restricted - making you more susceptible to cramps and running cramps in particular.

As a long term strategy this will most certainly lead to gastrointestinal problems leading to reduced nutrient intake, reduced immune system function and an increase in the liklihood of vascular bleeding.

Far better to have a hydration plan, have a nutrition plan that includes appropriate use of sports drinks and a long-term approach to training.

For more information on these subjects you can click here


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