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    Calf Cramps

    I play football (Soccer) 2-3 times a week and I've been on a pretty heavy bulk the past few months. I've gone from 224 to 244 in roughly 3 months and recently I think it's had an adverse affect on my calves when I play football, particularly so tonight.

    After about 15 minutes both calves cramped up and I was in agony, I kept on playing and after about 45 mins of continuous cramp I started to get pins and needles in my feet. This has never happened to me before, my feet went numb and I had to stop.

    I train my calves pretty well so they should be strong enough, is it just a case that the extra weight I've put on is putting too much strain on my calves and causing them to cramp up? What could the cause of the numbness be?

    I would say I'm well hydrated so could rule that out, I drink at least 5 litres a day and I always warm up and stretch before games. Any ideas or do I just have to take it easy til I cut?

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    your electrolytes are low. I get this sometimes too if I am really working for a few hours hard in the sun and sweating a lot.

    You need to find an electrolyte mix, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium at least. Might as well throw some Vitamin C in there too. A small amount of sugar. That will fix your cramps up most likely.

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    Matt, keep in mind you have 100 pounds on the above poster. He is very quick to give advice, but I'd take it with a grain of salt.

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    ^ I wonder if you were trying to be ironic with the 'grain of salt' comment. I'll go ahead and give you the credit nice one man

    no matter what your bodyweight you need a stable level of electrolytes or you will experience muscle cramps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samadhi_smiles View Post
    ^ I wonder if you were trying to be ironic with the 'grain of salt' comment. I'll go ahead and give you the credit nice one man

    no matter what your bodyweight you need a stable level of electrolytes or you will experience muscle cramps.
    Electrolytes can be one of many causes for cramps.
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    How about stretching? I see that you are working your calves hard, but what about stretching & massaging them? Might want to incorperate some into your training.

    Just throwing it out there.

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    Mine cramped soo bad during a football game (real football, not soccer) that I couldnt walk. I was laying htere paralized lol. Massage helped relieve it, and I kept playing, but the next day I was ****ed haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    Mine cramped soo bad during a football game (real football, not soccer) that I couldnt walk.
    Real football! Aye mine got so bad I couldn't walk, they can be pretty violent.

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    Matt, keep in mind you have 100 pounds on the above poster. He is very quick to give advice, but I'd take it with a grain of salt.
    Very good. I think maybe a combination of the things mentioned might be best, I do stretch before games but maybe I should stretch more as I do have naturally tight calves. I'll sort out my 'electrolytes' too. I don't take a vitamin supplement or out but I eat a lot of fruit so thought I would be ok.

    As for massage I have no idea about it and if I asked the coach he would most probably call me a gay. I'll look into it though as after games I generally feel pretty stiff so it may aid recovery.

    I'm still a bit confused about my feet going numb though.

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    I might have suggested footwear (esp cleats and studs with little or no raised heel) could be causing this.

    More than likely will be the increased weight though.

    As for massage I have no idea about it and if I asked the coach he would most probably call me a gay. I'll look into it though as after games I generally feel pretty stiff so it may aid recovery.
    I dont think he meant ask the coach for the massage from him personally....that would be funny though.
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    Warm up good and stretch thoroughly. More electrolytes certainly won't hurt you, but 15 minutes into the match doesn't seem like enough time for the cramps to be caused by dehydration.

    Was the weather dramatically different than when you usually play - like noticeably hotter and more humid?

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    foam rolling is also a great long-term solution

    and it feels freakin amazing

    but don't listen to me because our bodyweights are not the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercuryblade View Post
    Electrolytes can be one of many causes for cramps.
    of course there's only so much help the internet can provide especially given the lack of details in the OP.

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    I played yesterday and didn't get the cramps. I warmed up and stretched extensively and have been putting a banana in my morning smoothie to help with the potassium.

    I think overall it must be down to my weight as I generally tire out a lot quicker recently than when my weight was around 220, which is understandable I suppose.

    Flynn- could be onto something with the footwear, the game in question was on an all weather pitch that I wear sort of moulded mini studs for rather than metal when I play on grass, which might have thrown me off a little.

    Any suggestions about the numbness?

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