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How to prevent cramps during sporting activities?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stretch

Make sure are well hydrated (not with energy/electrolyte drinks .
...Water is fine. Do exercise specific warm ups, ie riding a bike slowly before starting all-out, or jooging more slowly than if you ran full bore.

In brief: Stretch

Make sure are well hydrated (not with energy/electrolyte drinks .
...Water is fine. Do exercise specific warm ups, ie riding a bike slowly before starting all-out, or jooging more slowly than if you ran full bore.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Michael Adams
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hydration

As mentioned by my other healthtap colleagues, drinks like gatorade are not necessary during sporting activity.
Water is critical and the electrolyte sports drinks should be used after the activity to help replenish what is lost. If an athlete takes supplements such as creatinine, they are more prone to cramps and renal injury and should pay even closer attention to water intake.

In brief: Hydration

As mentioned by my other healthtap colleagues, drinks like gatorade are not necessary during sporting activity.
Water is critical and the electrolyte sports drinks should be used after the activity to help replenish what is lost. If an athlete takes supplements such as creatinine, they are more prone to cramps and renal injury and should pay even closer attention to water intake.
Dr. Michael Adams
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Plenty of fluids

Usually cramping is due to dehydration.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your activity(depends on sports activity). If you feel you have been well hydrated, see your doctor for evaluation. Dr l.

In brief: Plenty of fluids

Usually cramping is due to dehydration.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your activity(depends on sports activity). If you feel you have been well hydrated, see your doctor for evaluation. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine

In brief: Hydrate, add salt

Cramps are often due to dehydration, muscle fatigue or excess loss of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magesium. Hydrating well before and during the activity, particularly with a electrolyte-containing beverage, can prevent cramps.
Eating salty foods and fruits may also be a of benefit. Pretzels, nuts, oranges and bananas are good choices the several hours prior to an event.

In brief: Hydrate, add salt

Cramps are often due to dehydration, muscle fatigue or excess loss of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magesium. Hydrating well before and during the activity, particularly with a electrolyte-containing beverage, can prevent cramps.
Eating salty foods and fruits may also be a of benefit. Pretzels, nuts, oranges and bananas are good choices the several hours prior to an event.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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