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dirkthejerk
10/26/08 7:47:49PM
i just started training i wrestle and box im trying to get into mma as a fighter but i get very bad cramps in my calf and iner foot like the arch and i want to know if theres anyway to train and help with this
Jackelope
10/26/08 7:58:09PM
I've had those problems before but only when swimming. I really don't know what causes them. It seems like they happen when I extend my foot in a free stroke. I will freely admit that I'm stumped on this one. Curious, too.
dirkthejerk
10/26/08 8:01:48PM
i had one last night about right b4 cotes acl poped and at first i thought maybe he coul have had a cramp but then my freind said no they train to avoid cramps and i would love to not cramp anymore
cmb19932
10/26/08 8:05:11PM
i used to get those alot to my freind but then i started training more regularly and streching and they have signifigantly gone done in frequency
juanez13
10/26/08 8:06:50PM
The main reason is because of muscle-dehydration, so makes sure you good energy drink with you to training, preferably an isotonic drink.

Make sure you also warn up for at least a good 5 minutes, and do Dynamic stretching to get your body ready for whatever types of exercises you are going to do.
dirkthejerk
10/26/08 8:09:19PM
i drink lots of water and i do strech im in good shape i dont get side cramps from running just these ones then after i cant walk or train because it feels tight
decken
10/26/08 8:33:02PM
Back when I played football in high-school my buddy (a wide receiver) would always get cramps in his calves during games. So he started to drink pickle juice before games and they went away. Also bananas should help too and make sure you stay hydrated.
dirkthejerk
10/26/08 8:36:09PM
decken
10/26/08 8:52:08PM
Regardless of my voyeuristic feelings about you drinking pickle juice, it really did work.
Jackelope
10/26/08 9:40:25PM
I don't think he's talking about muscle cramps, guys. I think I know exactly what he's talking about and it feels more like your bones got slid out of place momentarily or something and they lock that way. It's weird but I've experienced it before, too.
HMA123
10/27/08 9:16:35AM
If its not a ligament or serious injury then most cramps are caused dehydration and lack of pottasium.
4u2nv
10/27/08 9:56:23AM

Posted by HMA123

If its not a ligament or serious injury then most cramps are caused dehydration and lack of pottasium.



Also L- Taurine helps a lot as well!
Rush
10/27/08 11:59:50AM

Posted by dirkthejerk

i just started training i wrestle and box im trying to get into mma as a fighter but i get very bad cramps in my calf and iner foot like the arch and i want to know if theres anyway to train and help with this




Could you provide more information?

1) Describe when the cramp hits you. Is it while you are training or just when you are at home or in bed sleeping?

2) Is it a cramp or soreness. ie. a muscle cramp will cause the muscle to ball up and you can actually see a bump in your muscle that looks abnormal.

3) Are the "cramps" the same in both the inner foot and calf? Or is the inner foot cramp something you experience when you get out of bed in the morning and slowly goes away?
dirkthejerk
10/27/08 2:47:37PM
it is while im training and at home

and its definitly a cramp not soreness

there both the same and i somtimes get one in the hip but it isnt as bad i belive jackolope said it best
Wolfenstein
10/27/08 5:00:10PM
Take about five to 10 minutes before working out to stretch calf muscles. Elongate calf muscles by stretching the leg straight out in front of you and pulling the foot toward you, or stretching your leg straight behind you with your foot on the floor. Do the same type of stretches after a workout. Warm up calf muscles by raising your heels up and down from a standing position several times. Hold on to a chair or some other stable object for support.

If you do stretch and warm up a lot before and after exercise and still experience calf cramping, try taking supplements containing Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium. These supplements are best since the ingredients work together. Eat more foods rich with Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Potassium. Milk, for instance, is typically fortified with Vitamin D. Athletes also need extra Potassium since heat, dehydration and overexertion can deplete a body of it as well as other vitamins and minerals, which leads to muscle cramping.

Rush
10/27/08 8:13:17PM

Posted by dirkthejerk

it is while im training and at home

and its definitly a cramp not soreness

there both the same and i somtimes get one in the hip but it isnt as bad i belive jackolope said it best




But what Jackelope described is not a cramp. If you get a cramp in your leg, you will see your muscle bulge up. Also, your leg will be sore for about a day afterwards. Trust me, I used to get nocturnal calf cramps. They are so painful they will wake you up and your calf looks like there is a golf ball under your skin.

Bona fide cramps are not always a hydration and potassium issue. They can come from a number of sources, including diabetes.

Honestly, if you are getting these things throughout the day, the first place I would look is what you are wearing on your feet. I would go see a foot specialist and assess your degree of pronation. If you have flat feet or a flexible foot (which will over pronate) you will be suceptible to a number of issues ranging from your back to your hips, knees, all the way to your feet. When I started wearing proper footwear (I was normall wearing a standard size 12 shoe, but really I needed an 11.5 4E shoe with moderate support for pronation) for walking and running, my nocturnal cramps went away.

Also, stretch your Achilles tendon a lot. Don't do the lunge and lean stretch, they don't work well and people often cheat. Do a google search on Achilles stretches and find the ones people recommend. There are about 3 or 4 that I can think of.
chris91301
11/10/08 5:37:38PM
i could be wrong this is more of an opinion rather then a fact because i'm not sure....

it could be flexibility or you not drinking enough water i think.
Tizzy
11/18/08 11:08:56PM
Drinking lots of water throughout the day helps out.
george112
11/19/08 2:09:09PM
i actually have the same problem when im grappling.

i never get cramps ever.

only when i grapple.

its a foot cramp in the arch.usually happens when im locking ina triangle.or am goin to swing my leg over for an armbar.


does the twisting of my hips have anything to do with my foot cramp??
cause when im on my back i am constantly twisting my hips looking for an armbar or triangle
Rush
11/19/08 8:03:50PM
If you are getting a cramp in your foot, it means that certain muscles in your leg are not functioning properly and you are compensating elsewhere to move your leg in a certain way. The cramp is caused when you are doing plantarflexion, but need to bend your toes down to do this movement. You should be able to plantarflex without curling your toes down. If you have to curl your toes down, then you might have a problem with the following muscles


gastrocnemius
soleus
plantaris (only weak participation)
flexor hallucis longus
flexor digitorum longus
tibialis posterior
peronaeus longus
peronaeus brevis
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