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Cramps: Can you prevent them?


According to Wikipedia, a cramp is an involuntary temporary strong muscle contraction or over shortening, which may cause a severe pain. Usually the onset is sudden while the cramp resolves spontaneously in a few seconds to minutes. *Common causes of skeletal muscle cramps may include muscle fatigue, low sodium, low potassium, and/or low magnesium (*citation needed)

The million dollar question is how you prevent them, particularly during long races like the Two Oceans and Comrades. Many runners swear by different remedies or solutions. Salt tablets, bananas, magnesium supplements, massages, the list goes on and on. On today’s Ask Coach Parry Podcast the question is asked if there is anything you can do or eat to prevent cramping. Comrades Coach Lindsey Parry also touches on the role that supplements, prior to and during a run, play in the prevention of cramps.

Have a listen to podcast and let us know what works for you when it comes to cramping in the comments section below.