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How to thwart—and put an end to—muscle spasms: #runningtips

As many as 39 percent of distance runners may experience a cramp in their calves, hamstrings, or quadriceps before they finish a race. While many people blame dehydration, Kevin Miller, Ph.D., an exercise scientist at North Dakota State University who works full-time studying cramps, says exhaustion is usually the culprit. Here's how to fix (and even prevent) spasms in your tired legs. PREVENT A CRAMP Jumping and hopping drills called plyometrics help keep muscle spindles (small nerves in muscles) from tiring. Cramps can occur when these spindles get fatigued. Do these moves twice a week after you run to condition the spindles in your legs.

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