Muscle Cramps: Fatigue or Electrolyte Deficiency?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Finding out what causes your muscle cramping can save you from the constant pain.
Air Date: 9/22/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM
BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is President and Chief Executive Officer of Youth Sports of the Americas, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron co-chaired and is the lead author on the 2015 International Olympic Committee Consensus on Youth Athletic Development. He is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and served a four-year term as a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. and the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training.

He also serves as Clinical and Scientific Consultant to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) professional tour medical services and Heat, Hydration and Research Advisor to Major League Soccer (MLS).

Dr. Bergeron has worked with numerous youth, collegiate, and professional athletes and teams on appropriately and safely enhancing athletic capacity and resilience by providing individualized and sport-specific training and nutrition/hydration guidance, with a particular emphasis on preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat and helping athletes to avoid exertional heat illness and injury.

Because of his recognized expertise and reputation among athletes, coaches and sport and sports medicine governing bodies, Dr. Bergeron has been regularly featured as the "go-to" expert resource on myriad national television and radio shows, as well as in numerous online and print media and publications.
Muscle Cramps: Fatigue or Electrolyte Deficiency?
Even though pulling a muscle isn't considered life threatening, it still can be a huge pain.

Muscle cramping can keep you from exercising, or from reaching any goals that you've previously set for yourself.

But, why do muscle cramps happen? Is it from overuse (fatigue) or do you have something a little more serious like an electrolyte deficiency?

Listen in as Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM, shares whether or not your muscle cramping is derived from fatigue or electrolyte deficiencies.