- Hydrate. Aim to drink 8-12 glasses of water a day, even more if you're participating in a sporting event.
- Stretch. Maintaining flexibility will relieve muscle cramps, and stretching is often the quickest resource when time is limited.
- Maintain electrolytes. You lose electrolytes when you sweat, so drink a few ounces of a sports drink before an activity to maintain your levels of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
- Improve circulation. When a muscle cramps up, massage the area and apply a heat balm if available. These techniques will increase blood flow to the area and relieve the cramping.
- Apply ice. This may help the cramp subside and can be used interchangeably with stretching during or after a game.
Remember, your performance is dictated by how well you take care of your body!
Have a fun and safe Labor Day!