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Muscle Cramps: What Causes Them, How to Avoid Them

Muscle cramps, an involuntary and painful contraction of a skeletal muscle, are a common problem for athletes. Muscle cramps can affect s player’s productivity during a game.

It’s not known what causes muscle cramps, although they’re often associated with excessive heat and the loss of fluids and minerals, such as calcium, sodium, and potassium, through sweat. In addition, a tight muscle tends to cramp more easily. They occur without warning, typically in a working muscle. Muscle cramps usually occur near the end of the activity, after the body has been stressed for a period of time.

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Improve Your Fitness Training

Here are three truths that are worth remembering when trying to maintain fitness or trying to recover from injury.

It takes two good nights of sleep to repair your muscles more effectively

Most muscle repair occurs while you are asleep. This happens through something called deep orthodox sleep. Deep orthodox sleep last for 20 minutes on average and happens at most 4 or 5 times a night, but on average 3 times. You need 5 cycles to give the maximum muscle repair. A good night’s sleep is when you reach that 5 cycles, but for most that means two good night’s of sleep for fully repaired muscles.

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The Need to Know about Cardio Training

There are various cardio routines available to the public but it is important to understand why you should run certain distances, intervals, speeds and laps of a track.  By having a better understand and appreciation it will give you a better idea how close or far off you are of achieving your ideal cardio conditioning and most importantly how prepared you are conditioning wise for soccer games.  The majority of running in soccer games are short burst of speed with non-stop continual jogging around the field as the play moves.  In order to be in your best shape there are specific steps that one should follow.