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Hey there!
I play soccer on a weekly basis and am in good athletic shape although a bit on the skinny side but my problem is that every time during the game or after the game I get muscle cramps that lasts for like days and I find it really painful to even walk. I have kept a check on hydration and diet but still the problem exists in its very original form. This is really holding me back as I am comparatively faster than others when I sprint but these cramps stop me from even completing the game sometimes. Can you please advise me as in how to treat or avoid these? Thanks!

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Hi Sam,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

There's 4 key areas that you can improve to help reduce the frequency and intensity of cramps and spasms:

1. General health and fitness
2. Stretching and flexibility
3. Hydration
4. Minerals and electrolytes

Take a look at the article at the link below; it goes into a lot more detail about each area... http://injuryfix.com/archives/muscle-cramp.php

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.


Brad Walker
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