It’s time for another Austin-area sports medicine 101 class!
Heat cramps have been the topic over our last few blog sessions, and as we wrap up that subject, let’s discuss the related muscle cramps and how to prevent them. There’s no magic formula to follow, and they could possibly still occur even if you do everything right. But these tips will go a long way in helping eliminate them from your busy athletic life:
- Slowly and methodically work on increasing fitness levels while avoiding muscle fatigue
- Before each physical activity, warm up!
- After each physical activity, stretch!
- Stretch both calf muscles regularly, whether you’re involving yourself in a leg-centric activity or not.
- Also stretch the hamstring and quadriceps muscles regularly, again no matter what the physical activity entails.
- Stretch the calf muscle: In a standing lunge with both feet pointed forward, straighten the rear leg.
Muscle cramps aren’t typically serious, but they can be severe. If you’re concerned about their severity or frequency, please contact your Austin sports medicine doctor (LINK) or other qualified medical professional.