Fitness training in soccer a scientific approach to avoiding cramps

Fitness Training In Soccer A Scientific Approach To Avoiding Cramps

As you play soccer matches and also during your soccer training, you may sometimes experience cramps in various muscles in your legs and your body. Cramps happen suddenly, they also usually end pretty quickly but sometimes they can last long enough to take you out of a game completely, and the pain that comes along with severe cramps can be excruciating.

To avoid cramps during your soccer training, you must be aware of the following facts:

Cramps come in many different forms and they can be brought on for different reasons. They occur when different muscles go through an involuntary spasm, usually caused by a range of changes in the body, atmospheric conditions, heavy exercise and serious medical conditions or illnesses. When you are experiencing cramps during training, it is important to identify the primary cause of the cramps so that you can prevent their occurrence in the future.

You should always avoid eating heavy meals before you participate in any physical activity. If your stomach is full, you may not only experience cramps, but you may also feel sick, especially during warm weather. Therefore, it is recommended that you should only eat a light meal before your training session. You can eat a larger meal after your training, but only if your body has cooled down properly.

You can also prevent cramps by ensuring that your clothes and soccer equipment fit perfectly. Your shoes must be cushioned properly and be flexible enough to provide comfort, shoes that are too large or too small can be the source of cramps. Furthermore, the socks that you wear must not be too thick nor too thin because they can affect the fitting of your shoes.

Incorporate foods that are high in vitamins and other nutrients in your daily diet. Usually, cramps are the result of a person’s bad nutrition. Buy a bottle of multivitamins in order to supplement your body with the necessary vitamins for your soccer training.

Lastly, perform stretching activities before you participate in your training session for the day. As you workout doing your warm up exercises your muscles loosen up and become flexible, you will be able to play better and reach your maximum speed and intensity without the worry of a cramp or strain. However, if you do not prepare your body with warm up exercises, the risk of developing cramps and other injuries are very high, and may lead to a more long term lay off from the game.

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