Muscle cramps are a regular occurrence while swimming, especially leg and foot cramps and if you’re reading this you’ve probably experienced a few cramps during your swim sessions.
In this article, we run through what causes cramps and the best way to prevent and treat cramps while swimming.
A muscle cramp is a sudden and unexpected tightening of one or more muscles. Unlike spasms, which share the same symptoms as muscle cramps, cramps usually go away after a few minutes of stretching or massaging of the area.
Muscle cramps can be caused by a variety of reasons and what might cause one swimmer to get a muscle cramp might not cause another swimmer to cramp. Here are the most common reasons swimmers get muscle cramps.
While cramps are terrible and painful when you get them, the best thing about cramps is that they are preventable if you take the right measures.
The best ways to prevent cramps are:
Cramps can be treated in a number of ways but the most important thing to remember is to never swim through a cramp, as you will only make it worse and increase the chance of post-cramp side effects.
Treating a cramp while swimming
Treating a cramp post-swim
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