27 Feb '14, 5pm

Don't let side stitches stop you in your tracks! Learn how to beat them:

We run through sleet and snow, heat and haze, with blisters and black toenails, headaches and knee aches. But a side stitch ? That sharp, stabbing pain that hits below the ribs can stop us in our tracks. Although the exact cause of side stitches has yet to be proven, theories abound. Sports-medicine physician Jordan Metzl, M.D., coauthor of The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies , says the most likely cause is a diaphragm spasm. The diaphragm, a sheet of muscle that extends across the bottom of the rib cage, plays an important role in breathing. Just like your leg muscles, your diaphragm can fatigue and cramp when put under too much stress. That's why side stitches tend to strike beginner runners or those stepping up pace or distance. The good news is that there are a variety of effective strategies—ones that I put to the test with the runners I coach—that can help prevent th...

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