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Cramping Science with Kevin Miller – 570

What do you know about Cramping Science?

I do not know a whole lot about Cramping Science, but luckily Mike McKenney and Dr. Kevin Miller are here to share tons of knowledge.

Who is Kevin Miller?

Dr. Kevin Miller is a Full Professor in the Athletic Training Program at Central Michigan University.  His research interests include the causes, treatments, and prevention of exertional heat illness with a specific emphasis on exercise-associated muscle cramping. 

He has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in medical journals and presented over 90 international, national, or regional presentations on topics related to heat illness. 

He has co-authored several national and international position statements including the NATA Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illness; the Statement of the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference; and the NATA round table on Malignant Hyperthermia in Physically-Active Populations. 

Dr. Miller is a member of the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical and Science Advisory Board; a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Athletic Training; Exercise Physiology; Sport and Exercise Nutrition; and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care

He is Chair of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Research Assistance Committee; NATA liaison to the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association; and member of the NATA’s International Committee.

Did you get lost in all of those titles?

Like I said, I do not know a whole lot of TRUTH about cramping. So I am here to keep it simple and not too nerdy.

What to do when you are cramping:

The fastest way to “fix” a cramp is static stretching. If we prevent the muscle from shortening then we are preventing it from cramping.

Anything ingested is going to take about 10 minutes to provide relief…

Except small volumes of pickle juice seem to make them relax after about 90 seconds. So stretch and give pickle juice right away.

When a cramp starts, will it go away?

For about an hour after a cramp the threshold for cramping is decreased even if the muscle is no longer cramping, it is still standing on the edge.

Recommendations for preventing a cramp?

  • ask good questions
  • know that each patient and cramp is unique
  • look for trends
  • have them keep a cramp journal
  • start early in the day with fluid and sodium replacements
  • drink through out the day when thirsty

Want to see the rest of our cramping science podcasts?

Cramping Science with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

NASA Engineered formula – The Right Stuff

Isotonic Drinks with Kari Beltran

Cramping Science Research with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

Neurology of a Cramp with Dr. Kevin Miller

Contact Us

Dr. Kevin Miller – email – mille5k@cmich.edu

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@neu.edu

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Cramping Science with Kevin Miller

Mike McKenney studied under Kevin Miller. Both are making an impact in the way we understand hydration.Kevin has a long list of hydration and cramping related articles and committee involvement.Join the conversation as part of a series on Cramping Science on the Sports Medicine Broadcast

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In preparation for a recent podcast I asked:

I got a lot of great stories and knew we had to share them here on the podcast.

Possibly my two favorite were

  1. Dislocated shoulder while napping and
  2. Sprained ankle while napping.

Zithromax sales canada joins me as we read these tweets and add some commentary.  I loved these responses. I have screenshotted most of them and pasted them in the show notes.

Also, Laurie Beth gave a shout out to her mentor Leah Cox and we read it on the show.  Always remember the ones who got you here.

Show Notes

 

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In preparation for a recent podcast I asked:

I got a lot of great stories and knew we had to share them here on the podcast.

Possibly my two favorite were

  1. Dislocated shoulder while napping and
  2. Sprained ankle while napping.

Zithromax sales canada joins me as we read these tweets and add some commentary.  I loved these responses. I have screenshotted most of them and pasted them in the show notes.

Also, Laurie Beth gave a shout out to her mentor Leah Cox and we read it on the show.  Always remember the ones who got you here.

Show Notes

 

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Here is the scenario:

  • 17 year old female volleyball player
  • plays club and school alternating seasons
  • no other sports
  • Pain in anterior shoulder
  • go through normal muscle eval
  • pain on Speed’s test
  • pain with Yergason’s

Start with heat and ROM exercises
Progress to body weight exercises
Then to t-band exercises

Pain free return to play in about 4 weeks

There are lots of other treatment types we did not do, and likely some evaluations we forgot.  One way to improve is to look back, but here we do it with the help of some of my friends and injury experts.

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  • Tri-Planar performance above T8 requires stability and control of sagittal and frontal plane movements at the pelvis/hip (below T8)
  • Scapular position is directly related to orientation of Rib-cage over pelvis
  • Finding reference centers for landing mechanics
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of Upper thoracic movement variability (need Subscap/Serratus/Low Trap)
  • TRICEP facilitation
  • In the air, you shoulders become your hips, you need controlled mobility
  • Thoracic mobility is essential for overhead motion
  • Pec inhibition
  • Is it really bicep tendonitis?
    • Differential Diagnoses:
      • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
      • Rotator Cuff/Supraspinatus
      • Deltoid
      • Trigger/Tender point referral pattern from infraspinatus/anterior deltoid
      • Scap Dyskinesis w/compensatory HG IR = “impingement”?
      • etc.
    • Concurrent findings:
      • Overall Hx
      • Overall tension (e.g. chronic upper trap contraction)
      • Breathing patterns esp. c/restriction upper R chest?
        • Neck breather w/rib cage elevation?
      • Overall posture
        • Slumped shoulders?  Kyphotic?  Lordotic? etc.
        • Forward head/posterior rotated head posture?
        • Shoulder height variance?
      • Spinal rotation/curvature
      • Rib cage/thoracic positioning & mobility
      • Pelvic stability?
      • FA IR/ER & Flex limitations?
    • Imaging – Musculoskeletal US or Arthrogram?
    • Injections?  Relief or no?
  • Treatment (I use PRI techniques mixed with a lot of traditional techniques, but use whatever you have in your toolbox)
    • Frontal Plane control thru pelvis and Transverse plane control thru thorax
    • Rib cage mechanics
      • Breathing pattern retraining (or manual techniques) as needed to restore IR/ER & remove restrictions
    • Restore thoracic rotation
    • Improve Scap Positioning
      • Inhibit Pecs, lats, upper traps, etc. as needed
        • Pec minor involvement?
      • Low Trap & Tricep First
      • Serratus Anterior
        • Make sure scap is moving on thorax due to SA activation, NOT Pec activation
          • SA moves scap on thorax
          • Pec reinforces anterolateral tilt
      • Subscapularis
      • Contralateral side
        • Low Trap/Tricep
        • SA
        • Subscap
        • No injury is unilateral.  Rehabilitate bilaterally.
          • Compensatory thoracic rotation, pelvic obliquity, etc. needs to be addressed.
  • RTP considerations
    • Hitting program
      • Pay attention to core engagement with hitting
      • Flying open into extension reduces scap control
    • Jumping program
      • Poor jump mechanics places the arm in a poor hitting position before the arm motion even starts
      • Poor landing mechanics increase injury risk as well as neurological apprehension = decreased power output and increased stress on LHBT, Cuff, etc.

 

Normalizing Breathing Patterns – 136

Mike McKenney, Josh Ogden, and Jason Robey are all believers in normalizing breathing patterns and breathing posture to help re-align the body and reduce internal stress.    There are a lot of treatments out there that claim to be the answer.  This episode is about using breathing normalization to improve your treatment plan.

Show Notes – 136

Slow Yogic Breathing Through Right and Left Nostril Influences Sympathovagal Balance, Heart Rate Variability, and Cardiovascular Risks in Young Adults

The Healthiest Way To Breathe

PRI

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Postural Restoration – 125

Mike McKenney of North Eastern University joins us again to talk about postural restoration.  He is joined by Josh Ogden from Baylor University.  I love their thirst for knowledge and understanding for the sake of improving the performance of their respective athletic programs.

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Strength Training is Health Care Too – 123

Mike McKenney and Dan Boothby have figured out how to do the most valuable aspect of athletic training.  They focus on preventing injuries through a close relationship between Athletic Trainer, Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian.

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