Subject: Re: help with cramps needed
From: Tsu Dho Nimh <abacaxi.hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 04:49:40 -0700
>Hi everyone, Just a quick question that someone may be able to help me with.....my husband is a swimmer [longish distances] and has started to get bad cramps in his calves.
>Can anyone suggest a way to stop this, and/or a way to ease the cramps when they hit? they last for about half an hour or so after he gets out of the pool.
Muscle cramps come from a variety of causes ...
- ergonomics ... is he swimming correctly?
if he does a single kick-stroke too long, or incorrectly for a while, he WILL get cramps. the solution is to change strokes every few laps in training swims to one with a whole different leg motion.
- More ergonomics ... is he swimming relaxed or tense?
If he's tensely holding his feet in posotion for a kick the WHOLE time he swims, he will cramp. Solution: relax on the return part of the kick as much as possible.
- Lactose buildup from anaerobic muscle activity.
Partly alleviated by relaxing for part of the stroke which allows better circulation, partly alleviated by slowing down a bit so that he doesn't go anaerobic.
- Mineral depletion
Solution - more calcium and magnesium in his diet
Tsu Dho Nimh