Holy cramp!

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    Dec 01, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    I got a horrible cramp in the calf of my left leg after 45 minutes of swimming. The muscle got really tight and hard, like it was going to burst out of my skin! This has never happened to me before. Is this a cause of improper swimming technique?
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    Dec 02, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    2 days later, it still hurts. The muscle is very knotted. I have been massaging it. I have very strong calf muscles naturally so it must just be my body adjusting to my more rigorous training regimens.

    Does anybody wanna come massage me?
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    Dec 03, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    I usually get cramps after a strenuous sport where the legs are involved and then swim to loosen up. The pushing off the walls is part of the problem so I have to not push so hard. The lactic acid builds up to a point and a cramp forms. It should have gone away in a few minutes though.
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    Dec 03, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Sometimes a muscle will threaten to cramp up again, for a few days after a major cramp, but I can usually avoid it by just backing off whatever I'm doing. Oddly, I frequently get cramps in my calves or feet during sex. icon_confused.gif

    The weirdest cramp that I can remember was a couple of years ago. I got a call from my friends to meet them at a movie, while I was working out. Quickly hosed off and headed to town. Then in the middle of the movie, shoe-horned into those tiny little seats, I got massive pectoral cramps. icon_eek.gif My friends thought I was having a heart attack. icon_redface.gif I had to get up and stand in the back of the theater, so I could move my arms around.
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    Dec 03, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    Guys it is still hurting, but less so. I am afraid to go swimming today. I hope it isn't serious.

    I think the culprit could be my doing 275 lb. leg presses for the past couple of weeks, which is a new workout for me,
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    Dec 03, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    Certainly chronic cramps can be caused by over-training. The solution is to add sufficient recovery time.

  • asana

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    Dec 07, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    Something long-standing like that sounds like injury. Could also be an electrolyte imbalance. Try eating a banana, drinking a glass of milk and taking a day off. If it still hurts, see a PT or RMT.
  • jsman65

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    Jan 01, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    As a swimmer the correct answer is yes, but its also because your dehydrated not enough water can cause cramps and wear you out really fast learning the correct technique will improve and help relieve the strain on your muscles because if your not doing it right your working against the water not with it if that makes sense
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys ... I get cramps too... And it seems to related to dehydration
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    I got cramps in my bed. I have to put my feet on the floor
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    Feb 09, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    I often get cramps in my toes while swimming, I don't really know why though.