Hot or cold for cramps?

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  1. animasian

    animasian New User

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    I am #1 in the U.S. in the girls' 16 and under age division. I often get muscle cramps in matches in hot weather. Throughout the years I've met trainers, parents and coaches that have differing opinions on in-match treatment.

    Some say I should keep the cramping area warm because ice will make the muscles clench and worsen the cramping. Others say I should put ice on the cramping area. Which is correct?

    As to treatment of the cramps after the match, some say I should take an ice bath or cold showers. Others say I should take warm showers and stretch. The question is, hot or cold? Please be specific!!

    Thanks
     
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  2. ThA_Azn_DeViL

    ThA_Azn_DeViL Semi-Pro

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    dont trust me but im gonna go with warmth, try searching up the forums and you might find some treasure.
     
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  3. Spokewench

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    Cramps are when you muscles shorten and can be caused by many things. The things to do when you get a cramp. First is to try to lengthen the muscles, i.e. if it is your calf, then you try to lengthen that muscle by stretching and lengthening that muscle. So stretching is your first defense.
    second, drink electrolyte type drink if you are in heat which is causing the cramp.
    Third, massage of the area that is cramping. Fourth is stop what you were doing that caused the cramp (but of course, if you want to continue your match,you cannot do this)
    and Fifth, heat should be applied to muscles that are tense/tight (or cramping);

    later, if the muscles are soft and tender, you apply cold.

    spoke
     
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  4. princemidplus

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    i would personally use ice. most marathon and cycling event medical tents use ice massage to help with cramping caused by exessive exercise. ice baths used after exercise by a lot of sports teams to.

    what you want to do is find out why you cramping in hte first place - you shouldn't be. make sure you getting enough electrolytes and salt balance is good. rehydrate with more than just water. you need minerals as well.

    sort out the cramps rather than just dealing with them when they occur.
     
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  5. victors secret

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    for cramps, heat. listen to what spokewench is saying. hydrate yourself well and with electrolytes as well. ice it after you're done playing. if you ice it during play, i think you could probably make it worse. don't ever ice and then go play again, you want your body warm if you're playing and not cold.

    to help prevent cramps, you should drink lots of water, electrolytes, get enough sodium and potassium in your diet as well.

    hope this helps! =]
     
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  6. princemidplus

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    i would not advise playing through a cramp in the first place. if it is cramp then still need to find cause. stretching gently is most important. if it is a spasm i use ice immediately and some use heat. your choice. ice helps a lot with the pain. definitely heat later on at home.

    treatment depends on cramp or spasm (you said cramp so I'll go with that - sort out why they occurring!) and whether you want to apply the heat/ice immediately or later. ice for spasm immediately and definitely heat later.
     
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  7. jmverdugo

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    For a cramp theat is happening stretch your muscle and massage it with any kind of hot unguent, so, apply hot.

    To prevent the cramp you must drink a lot of water before, during and after the match, you have to drink so much water that you start to urinate white.

    The cold bath after the match is to prevent soreness on your muscles. You can also run 5 min after the match for this.

    On a side note, you shouldnt give so much information about yourself on an internet forum, we have really good CIA wannabe agents on here that can find your address in no time, they are usually harmless though.
     
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  8. princemidplus

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    Be very careful about this. make sure you do not OVERHYDRATE. Tim Noakes has done a lot of research into this (mostly in runners) but drinking too much water can be as bad as drinking too little. the important aspect is to get the electrolytes from the drink that you are losing in your sweat when you exercise. ie: maintain an electrolyte balance - homeostasis.
     
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  9. Dave M

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    Have you looked into what is causing the cramp?I've had players who have struggled at certain times and when they look at their diet you can often find some minerals/vitamins missing that then effect the cramp.Worth a thought.
     
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  10. animasian

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    I drink lots of water and Gatorade, even Pedialyte at times. I've narrowed the causes of the cramps (they are heat cramps) down to a couple of possibilities. One may be my diet, though I think this is unlikely as I am not picky and am a healthy eater. Another is my fitness. I may also be getting too tight in match play or not drinking enough the night before.
     
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  11. dunlo

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    Do u have a specific area where you get cramps?
     
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