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charles_316
05-24-2006, 01:43 AM
for some reason, my calves lock up (cramp) quite frequently while playing soccer games.... ive been told eating a banana b4 a game can help prevent it (for the potassium)...

well ive tried eating a banana and it still happens sometimes.... even after i wear a bandage that holds my calves in place....

also, i have had no previous issues with my calves... they are healthy and i work them out all the time... so i dont know wat the issue is...

anyone experience this ?

Clifford Gillmore
05-24-2006, 05:04 AM
Eat a couple of banana's DAILY, directly before a game will have no effect.

Bikkstah
05-24-2006, 06:19 AM
You're stretching, right? My calves will seize up for days after running/weights if I don't spend 20-30min stretching out before and after working them.

JaCelica2k
05-24-2006, 06:41 AM
How much water are you drinking? Dehydration can lead to cramping.

charles_316
05-24-2006, 09:16 AM
i drink lots of water daily... and i eat a banana almost daily as well in my protein shake...

and yes i stretch it out after every workout/game/practice... and before

drew
05-24-2006, 11:23 AM
When did your season start? What does your conditioning training look like? Is it just running or do you do sprints, intervals, shuttles, etc? Sometimes when you're just running all the time and then start playing soccer (which involves constant running but also a lot of speed change, some stops and turns etc.) your muscles are not ready for it. You need to adapt to it.

This only really applies if you haven't bene playing for a while and are just startng again.

Maki Riddington
05-24-2006, 07:09 PM
You could have issues in another area and as a result they are showing up in the calves. It's tough to say. Some foam rolling would help relieve any tension pockets you may have.

charles_316
05-25-2006, 01:33 PM
When did your season start? What does your conditioning training look like? Is it just running or do you do sprints, intervals, shuttles, etc? Sometimes when you're just running all the time and then start playing soccer (which involves constant running but also a lot of speed change, some stops and turns etc.) your muscles are not ready for it. You need to adapt to it.

This only really applies if you haven't bene playing for a while and are just startng again.

this could be it since my season just began.... lets hope this problem doesn't keep happening...

charles_316
05-25-2006, 01:34 PM
if i play basketball earlier in the day AND then play my soccer game at nite, would that be a big problem for my calves? or would it actually kind of warm them up?

Bam
05-25-2006, 09:38 PM
I read some where creatine will make you cramp up a little easier but nothing major.

Maki Riddington
05-26-2006, 06:49 AM
You could also be running on your toes.

charles_316
05-26-2006, 11:49 AM
all soccer players run on their toes...

Jedi Knight
05-26-2006, 03:13 PM
You need to drink some Gatorade, you need some sodium and Gatorade has sodium in it. Dehydration is a big problem, stretch too... Potassium, all of it. Just try the Gatorade... should help. I only cramped up once in my calves through football, and basketball once because of dehydration. The sodium helps the liquid stick in the muscles and other tissues that are depleted.

Andre3000
05-26-2006, 06:20 PM
Learn how to run correctly, that could be your problem.

charles_316
05-26-2006, 06:26 PM
Learn how to run correctly, that could be your problem.

what do you mean learn how to run correctly?? ive been running since i was a lil kid...

i used to do track, played AAA hockey, and elite level soccer with training coaches, etc...

i do not think i need to learn how to run... that is just an insult

Maki Riddington
05-26-2006, 06:53 PM
No it's not. I've played soccer since I was a little kid (4 years old) to. It doesn't mean I automatically know how to run correctly. Loosen up a bit. It's not a personal insult.

TRITON
05-28-2006, 01:38 PM
You need to drink some Gatorade, you need some sodium and Gatorade has sodium in it. Dehydration is a big problem, stretch too... Potassium, all of it. Just try the Gatorade... should help. I only cramped up once in my calves through football, and basketball once because of dehydration. The sodium helps the liquid stick in the muscles and other tissues that are depleted.

The sodium in Gatorade is to help mainly with glucose uptake, as your cells need sodium to be coupled with glucose for absorption.




To the OP: is it both calves? At the same time? Late in the game?

Andre3000
05-28-2006, 07:33 PM
what do you mean learn how to run correctly?? ive been running since i was a lil kid...

i used to do track, played AAA hockey, and elite level soccer with training coaches, etc...

i do not think i need to learn how to run... that is just an insult

Dude, it wasn't an insult, a lot of people just don't know how to run correctly when it comes to sprinting, and I had no idea you had done all these sports. Chill man. You probably just need to loosen up then, use some bengay, etc.

charles_316
05-29-2006, 10:37 AM
The sodium in Gatorade is to help mainly with glucose uptake, as your cells need sodium to be coupled with glucose for absorption.




To the OP: is it both calves? At the same time? Late in the game?

no it is never both calves... and yes it is usually late in the game... the last time it happened was my left calf about 3/4 into the game during 2nd half

charles_316
05-29-2006, 10:38 AM
Dude, it wasn't an insult, a lot of people just don't know how to run correctly when it comes to sprinting, and I had no idea you had done all these sports. Chill man. You probably just need to loosen up then, use some bengay, etc.

is bengay like RUBa535 stuff (gives muscles a warm feeling)? cuz ive been told to try it out

superStar
05-30-2006, 07:13 AM
Hey chum...

I don't play soccer, but I do a lot of running and I play baseball. I have the same problem with my calf muscles crapping up, but only when I play baseball. I have a cheep pair of baseball cleats and after changing the insoles I was fine. Yeah that's right....I'm Gel'in it now!!!!!

s.

wannabebig...er
06-02-2006, 02:50 PM
you really want to be drinking more, every opportunity during the game, free kick,substitute, player down injured.......get water into you, and you have to stretch to "the max" happens to me when im playing sometimes, but rarely now that i keep hydrated

Patz
06-04-2006, 01:47 PM
I tend to get calf cramps if I do some sort of activity (running, bball, squats or leg press) for a while, then have a gap between it and another activity. Even if the gap is 10 minutes, If I cool down I might as well go home 'cause my calves are DONE.

GmbH
06-04-2006, 08:01 PM
you really want to be drinking more,


:thumbup:

Relentless
06-05-2006, 06:44 AM
Running more on your toes IS running correctly when you're wearing cleats and playing a game in which you want to be able to plant and turn quickly/suddenly. Running in soccer and football and rugby and such is NOT the same as running track or road running, etc.

I occasionally get calf cramps like that towards the end of my Saturday football games. We play for about 2.5-3 hours and towards the end, I find I can lock up one or both calves when sprinting or leaping into the air to make a catch, etc.

What helps:
1) the frequency of the cramps has been drastically reduced since I started using the Animal Pak multivitamin pak. I attribute this to having adequate levels of all things needed in my body and therefore changing the way I perform, sweat, etc.... I think I am excreting less salt when I sweat for some reason... (more below)
2) hydration is KEY; not just with water but with gatorade/powerade/etc. get those electrolytes back into your body. Salt is also a factor... I am a heavy sweater and a 'salt caker' (i.e. I will sweat out a lot of salt and it cakes up along my hairline, eyebrows, etc.). THis is part of the reason I recommend Gatorade instead of just water... there are salts in there.
3) fatigue is a factor... if you're like me you are competitive enough not to want to back off, ever, but the reality is part of cramping is in muscle fatigue. You have two choices here: either find a way to play a little less intensely or improve your muscle conditioning to cope.

A good summary article here:
http://www.gssiweb.com/reflib/refs/619/abstract_musclecramps.cfm?pid=56&CFID=4087214&CFTOKEN=22244149

laxguy1028
06-07-2006, 01:34 PM
You should never run on your toes but rather the balls of your feet, this will allow you to run faster and make better cuts and plants. Running on your toes is almost as bad as running flat footed.

charles_316
06-10-2006, 01:32 AM
i heard you should run on your toes for things like sprinting and run from heel to toe ONLY for long distance running

laxguy1028
06-11-2006, 11:01 AM
you should run on the balls of your feet while sprinting and during most athletic events.

charles_316
06-11-2006, 11:47 AM
yeah i ran pretty much on the balls of my feet last game and there were no problems.... i also very hydrated throughout the game....

i think it is jus natural to run like that... i wasnt really thinkin bout it

d'Anconia
06-11-2006, 02:09 PM
I personally think Elwood may have hit it. When I tire out a muscle, then rest for a few hours or so, and then use the muscle again I find the chances of getting a cramp pretty much skyrocket.
I usually run on my toes and to be honest I'm very fast and attribute a lot of that quickness to running on my toes.

laxguy1028
06-11-2006, 06:57 PM
Many coaches teach pushing through the toes. There is little power and no balance on the toespower comes from the ball! When you say running on your toes, you must mean running on the balls of you feet because it is close to impossible to properly run on your toes for an exteneded amount of time. Also this is not my opinon but rather the results of lots of research by many speed coaches.

charles_316
06-11-2006, 07:01 PM
Many coaches teach pushing through the toes. There is little power and no balance on the toespower comes from the ball! When you say running on your toes, you must mean running on the balls of you feet because it is close to impossible to properly run on your toes for an exteneded amount of time. Also this is not my opinon but rather the results of lots of research by many speed coaches.

correct

charles_316
06-14-2006, 08:10 AM
i now use muscle-holders like "bands" that just keep the muscle tight to prevent cramping... it has worked well so far...

charles_316
06-16-2006, 08:08 PM
damn my right calf locked up again in tonite's game after using the bands, stretching, etc...

im gonna book a quick apptment w/ the doc

charles_316
06-21-2006, 01:59 PM
im pretty sure i jus need to get more fluids in before and during the game tho... since i realized during a soccer game, there arent many chances to break and drink water