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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

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Find Out Why You Should Use Ankle Braces – 197

Brett McQueen is a research nerd.  He enlightens us on some of the most current data supporting using tape and the support for using a brace.
Discussion topics:

Tell us about some of the research you have been studying of in regards to bracing or taping
What different variables did you look at in taping?
How about bracing?
How can you create a control for an ankle taping
How has this information been received athletic trainers, Coaches / Parents?
Where there any style or brand recommendations for braces?
What can we do to help spread the current understanding of the brace tape argument?

Contact Brett McQueen:
Twitter: @bmcqueen42
Twitter: @PHSSportsMed

External Bracing with Chris Dean and Maurice Hawkins – 115

External Bracing with Chris Dean and Maurice Hawkins – 115

Maurice Hawkins from Gazelle Health Care lends us some expert opinion on the topic of external bracing focusing specifically on the Ankle Roll Guard invented by Chris Dean.  The Ankle Roll Guard fits outside the shoe and acts as a block for inversion ankle sprains.  we do have concerns about this product on football or soccer players, but Chris says he is planning to do some trials with outside sports, but for now he has been focused on court sports since he is an avid basketball player.

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Thanks to Morgan Wilson Music and JJ Worthen for allowing us to use parts of their songs.

Show notes for Episode 115

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