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I have two questions about cramps: How can I avoid or prevent cramps just above my knees, in my quads? And how can I stretch out cramps in that area?

Question:

I have two questions about cramps: How can I avoid or prevent cramps just
above my knees, in my quads? And how can I stretch out cramps in that area?

Submitted by - Jay - Brunswick, GA

Answer:

Cramps in thigh muscles (and other leg muscles) are most often caused by
dehydration. Stiff muscles are a less common cause, as is a depletion of key
minerals, especially salt. So . . . you might avoid the cramps by staying
hydrated, snacking regularly when you’re exercising (and being sure there is
a little salt in the snack), and doing some gentle stretching of the thighs
when they start to feel tight.

A generally safe thigh stretch is to stand holding on to something, say a
tree, and grab hold of an ankle with the opposite hand. Lean forward,
pulling the leg you’re holding gently up until you feel the stretch. A
little experimentation will tell you which direction and how much pull works
for you.

1 Comment

  1. NIFAC

    I started getting really bad quad cramps when I switched from one sport with little running to one with lots of sprinting. Taking calcium and magnesium supplements and doing a light 30 mins stationary biking to work out built up lactic acid helped.

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