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Pickles for Cramps? - October 1, 2004 2:06:00 PM   
Shane Steimel


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I heard from a patient that she was recommend (from a prominent "trainer") that whenever she gets leg cramps - she could make them go away by biting into a Kosher Dill Pickle.

I'm familiar with the concepts of preventatively staying hydrated and taking K+ supplements, and reactively elongating the muscle, but I've not seen or heard of the PT/ATC keeping the Kosher dill pickles on the sidelines of the sporting events! Does anyone know why this might be recommended?...or it is just completely laughable?
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Re: Pickles for Cramps? - October 2, 2004 6:42:00 PM   


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A few years ago I read that some football teams were starting to use pickle juice to reduce the incidence of muscle cramps in hot weather. Some MDs have attributed its success to high salt content, but this reason is has been debated. If you type in "pickle juice cramps football" into Google, you'll find plenty of article on the subject. I'd be interested to find out what the scientific literature has to say.

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Re: Pickles for Cramps? - October 2, 2004 7:04:00 PM   


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Here a research article that may open some eyes. Go to pub med with this info and get free access to the study:

Dale RB, Leaver-Dunn D, Bishop P. Related Articles, Links
A Compositional Analysis of a Common Acetic Acid Solution With Practical Implications for Ingestion.
J Athl Train. 2003 Mar;38(1):57-61.
PMID: 12937473 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Interesting ;)


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Re: Pickles for Cramps? - October 4, 2004 11:28:00 AM   


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I've seen our high school athletes do the pickle juice. It is not as popular as yellow mustard in the small packets like you get from fast food places...they keep those on the sidelines.

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