preventing and dealing with cramping

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  1. bobbyb

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    heyy soo yesterdayy after 2 three set matches i cramped up but it wasnt bad just a little in the back and legs but was able to play a doubles match fine...then todayy in the same tournament i played a quick match and another three setter and its been 95 degrees all weekend...about an hour after my match i went into a full body cramp throughout my legs stomach/back and arms...i had eaten bananas and pretzels and was fully hydrated and had plenty of milk earlier in the day for calcium.

    i know cramps are started up due to dehydration and a lack of calcium and potassium...

    even with taking the necessary steps to prevent them i still got them and worse than ever and i had a nice long stretch after my match too

    any advice on what to do next time??
     
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  2. cncretecwbo

    cncretecwbo Semi-Pro

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    a cup of milk has about the same potassium as a banana, plus it has sodium and calcium. some people actually drink pickle juice for the salt.
     
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  3. larry10s

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    i used to cramp alot especially in the summer(live in fl.) i mix a packet of emegenc light (no sugar) in a 1.5 liter bottle of water and drink that during and after the match and munch on bananas during the match. this has helped me alot
     
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  4. Hankenstein

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    When I know i´m going to play for long time or in really hot weather i use to buy "CalMag" and take 2 pills for a couple of days. That usaually helps me from getting cramp.
     
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  5. Spatula

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    were you pre-hydrating prior to the match? I mean drinking a lot of water/gatorade up to the match start? Most people drink a lot of fluid once they are on the courts, but if you don't pre-hydrate on hot days...well...cramps are a comin'!
     
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  7. Xisbum

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    Check out www.crampnomore.com and see if it makes sense for you. It tastes like seawater, but so far it has worked for me - and I'm prone to some serious charley-horses and other assorted cramps.
     
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