Myth or Fact: Do Swimmer’s Cramps Exist?

Myth or Fact: Do Swimmer’s Cramps Exist?

Myth or Fact: Do Swimmer’s Cramps Exist?

Myth or Fact: Do Swimmer’s Cramps Exist? - Ohio Fitness Garage

Maybe you have seen a movie where the damsel in distress swims across a lake and suddenly starts bobbing on the surface, gasping for air. Or, perhaps you watched a swimming safety video and saw someone pushing their limits in the water resulting in over-exhaustion and trouble staying afloat. Perhaps you’ve been in a pool yourself and can’t fathom the possibility of either of these situations.

 

The fact is they are prevalent, and it doesn’t matter how good of a swimmer you are. Swimmers cramps are debilitating. Swimmer cramps are onset by a number of different factors. Factors contributing to cramps are your diet and fatigue levels. 

 

When swimming, your foot is in a constantly pointed position. Because of this, certain muscles of your calf are constantly being contracted. This causes fatigue in the muscles. Pair this movement with poor hydration, low sodium levels, and extreme fatigue and you have a recipe for swimmers cramp.

 

Cramping in the water is common. Again, the cramp doesn’t have to only be localized in your leg it can occur in your side or chest as well. By being aware of your limits as well as your current fatigue level, you can prepare yourself to overcome a minor cramp in the water.

 

 

 

Written by Michelle Gean

 


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