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Calf cramps

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Viper12161, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. icechip

    icechip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    It works for me. YMMV
  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    There is always the suggestion that cramps will go away as you do more and more diving. I dunno. In the "on" season I do two dives once a week. In winter it's usually one dive every other week. This type of diving (though more than a lot of people), is most likely not enough to get your "diving" muscles in good enough shape to eliminate all cramping. I do other exercises the days in between, but it's not the same. Wasn't good enough to stop the cramps before I started the potassium pills.

    Agree that varying your kicks does help- I mix in some frog & scissor kicks. Also, some aggressive rubbing of the muscle if you sense a cramp is coming will help. Then using that leg to kick slower than the "good" one (assuming it's in one leg only). Pull yourself along the bottom, ideally grabbing rocks. Always be aware of how far you must go to get somewhere you can stand to put pressure on the cramp so bingo, it's gone.
  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I agee with @TMHeimer to some degree

    I spend much of my time frog kicking, but spend some time doing large amplitude flutter kicking. Do whatever is best for you.
  4. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

    Gatorade it not "electrolytes", it had some sodium last I looked and that was that. Sodium is involved in signaling muscle contraction, but relaxation signal needs other ions: potassium and magnesium. So to relax a cramp, sodium is exactly the wrong "electrolyte" to take.
  5. Norwegian Cave Diver

    Norwegian Cave Diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
    Dump the split fins. Get a stiffer pair. Then don’t kick as hard. Learn to frog kick.
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  6. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    Another good source of potassium is papaya, some sources claim has higher content per serving than bananas. Just a thought for people who don't care for bananas or taking pills.
  7. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    You might check the amount of potassium in Gatorade vs V8 Low Sodium. Gatorade has very little.
  8. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tuttle, Ok
    I am the cramp master.... all the above is good advice, but I will ad coconut water is pretty effective pre-dive. Post-dive, if you get hit with cramps pickle juice or yellow mustard works fast for me. Avoiding even mild dehydration is important so hydrate well.

    Good luck,
  9. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    The Cramp Master--I love it. I usually got to give a speech to OW students as I was known as the Cramp Guy, or something.
  10. Satrekker

    Satrekker Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Clearwater, FL
    Just a heads up, but too many people point to potassium as being the problem. Magnesium deficiency is more likely imo. I used to wake up in the middle of the night with cramps in my calves due to magnesium deficiency. I take 3 of these, twice per day. Try it out. You'll know within a couple of days whether or not it works, and it's inexpensive. Good luck!

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