Coming in for that home stretch of the marathon and on the way to a PB .. and your leg starts cramping??! If you’ve ever experienced that, you’re not alone. Nearly 40 per cent of marathoners, 60 per cent of cyclists and half of soccer players will experience muscle cramps at some point.
For decades, we’ve been brought up to believe that cramping is brought on by dehydration and electrolyte depletion. When you’re working out hard, especially in the heat, you sweat out sodium, potassium and other eloctrolytes. So what do you do? You take salt tables, more gatorade and bananas.
However now, after years of research and monitoring athletes who cramped vs those that didn’t, they have come to the conclusion that there is very little correlation between cramping and electrolyte and hydration levels. The alternate theory and cure might surprise you .. read the latest article in the Globe and Mail for more info.