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how to prevent leg cramps (calves)

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by smbeggs, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. smbeggs

    smbeggs Garibaldi

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    Location: aurora ontario canada
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    Is there exercises and or stretches I should do to prevent calfe cramps while diving
    Mike.
     
  2. tmacdiver

    tmacdiver PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fishers, Indiana
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    One possible idea to help prevent cramps in general is to drink lots of water and not allow oneself to get dehydrated. I have found this to be effective and helpfull. I am sure others will offer specific help with exercises that will also help. Good luck to you and safe diving!
     
  3. Spd 135

    Spd 135 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Slidell La
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    Besides just water you want fluids that will restore and keep your electrolytes where they need to be. Many years back I started taking potassium supplements every day. That made a world of difference.
     
  4. kombiguy

    kombiguy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Palmetto Bay, FL
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    Fins that fit, and a banana a day. Works for me!
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    you can change your kicks too, some people are more prone to cramps

    I built a box that I use for stretching my calves out and that has helped a lot. I can get dimensions for you but I think it was 16 inches long by 10 inches high. Put some grip tape on it and stand on it straight legged for about half an hour a day. Helps stretch my leg out since I severed my calf last year
     
  6. arkstorm

    arkstorm Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philly Burbs
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    I used to get leg cramps but now I swim in the pool with fins occasionally as part of my exercise regimen and use split fins when I dive and I rarely get cramps.
     
  7. sam1

    sam1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Fort Lauderedale, FL and Cape Cod, MA
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    I used to get the kind of cramps that you described. Since I stay well hydrated, eat bananas, etc., I, too, looked for an exercise solution (and found it): calf raises. The gym I go to has a machine (see http://www.wikihow.com/Image:Reg-Park-Calf-Raises.jpg) but stairs, etc., work well too.
     
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, NS ,CANADA (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
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    I don't like bananas. A potassium pill daily has cut my overall cramps (legs, feet, toes) by probaly 80%.
     
  9. Diver's D Lyte

    Diver's D Lyte Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
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    smbeggs,

    We have specifically designed Diver's D\Lyte to prevent leg cramps which are very common to happen while diving.

    I'm so sure you will find the relief from leg cramps while using Diver's D\Lyte I'll send you a free 3 pack Dive Saver Kit. Try it and come back here and post your results!

    Send me your name, address, email and we will ship to you on Monday morning!:D
     
  10. knowone

    knowone Regular of the Pub

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    I delight in conditioning my legs to diving by diving for the cost of air.
     

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