12 Strategies to Prevent and Self-Treat Muscle Cramping



Marathon Training Academy

June 16, 2015

In this guest post for Marathon Training Academy, you will discover the common causes for muscle cramping and learn prevention strategies and self-treatment tips.

RunningInjuryOnCalfMuscle cramping and spasming can significantly derail your best intentioned race plans.  A muscle cramp or spasm is a sudden, involuntary, and typically severe muscle contraction.  Thankfully, it’s very rare for a muscle spasm or cramp to permanently damage the muscle.  However, the cramp or spasm can produce mild to excruciating pain.  The pain can be very short lived or linger for days after a severe episode.  Unfortunately, muscle cramping can affect your performance.  Common causes of muscle cramping include overexertion, prolonged immobility, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.  Continue Reading