Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Cramps, as Ashley Cooper wrote in his book, are the result of poor conditioning. Cooper gave exercises to avoid them, as did the other Hopman grads.
I'm afraid Ashley Cooper is wrong about that. I don't know when he said that, but, cramps are caused by dehydration from electrolyte imbalance. It can happen to anyone no matter what kind of shape they are in. And in 1948, what did they know about all of the electrolyte minerals needed to keep them in balance when losing a lot of water during an athletic event? They may have known about salt. That's about it.