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How to Prevent Leg Cramps?

09/08/2009

Question:

My swimming coach told me to eat bananas for leg cramps because bananas have potassium.

I have been eating 10 bananas a week for 3 weeks. But I still get leg cramps. On the insides of my thighs and also my calfs.

What else can I do besides eat bananas. I hate bananas.

Answer:

Bananas are a good source of potassium which seems to have a beneficial effect for cramping. Of equal importance is fluid intake to make sure you are well-hydrated.  An average adult requires at least 10 glasses of water a day. In addition to the water, it may be helpful to drink a sports electrolyte drink as well. You may want to monitor your fluid intake as well to see if that has any effect, but I would recommend a visit to your local physician for evaluation if you are having continued symptoms.

Good Luck!

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Response by:

Janine   Oman, MS, PT/ATC Janine Oman, MS, PT/ATC
Assistant Athletic Director
Instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University