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Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps

presented by Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

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Financial: Susan Yeargin receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Susan Yeargin serves on the Korey Stringer Institute Medial Advisory Board, and is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina Department of Athletic Training.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 95 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 34 Minutes

This course will describe the most common etiologic theories attributed to exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC) in active populations. Classic signs and symptoms will be reviewed, as well as key signs that can aid in differential diagnosis from similar conditions. Treatments for EAMC are constantly coming and going, leaving a knowledge gap of how to determine which have the potential to be effective. The methods and results of various research examining EAMC will be highlighted, and recommendations to translate the results into treatment strategies provided. Both traditional and nontraditional treatments will be discussed. The framework of how to develop an individualized plan of care for active populations with a history of EAMC will be presented.

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

Susan Yeargin is an associate professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. She serves on NATA's pronouncements and research committees. She was a task force member and author of the "Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics" and a coauthor of the recent NATA position statement update on exertional heat illnesses. She…

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1. Etiology

In this chapter, the instructor reviews the most commonly cited theories of EAMC etiology in research. Research that supports each theory is provided. Understanding possible etiologies of EAMC provides the support to using traditional and nontraditional (emerging) treatment strategies.

2. Epidemiology

Research from athlete and military populations that relates to each etiologic theory is presented. Risk factors that can be identified from the results will be selected, and the most likely clinical scenario for EAMC will be discussed.

3. Recognition

In this chapter, the instructor reviews typical signs and symptoms of EAMC, and important signs that differentiate EAMC from similar conditions (e.g., exertional sickling).

4. Traditional Treatment and Prevention

Traditional treatments (e.g., stretching) and prevention strategies recommended in a consensus statement for EAMC are reviewed, with research support. Determination of when advanced medical care may be needed for EAMC is presented. Intravenous and oral hydration in the treatment of EAMC are compared.

5. Nontraditional Treatment and Prevention

Nontraditional, or emerging, treatments and prevention strategies for EAMC will be introduced, with research support if it exists. The foundation of how to develop an individualized plan of care for individuals with a history of EAMC using traditional and nontraditional treatments and prevention strategies is provided.

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