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Quiz the Coach :: Soccer Side Stitches

Question by nasiiii


Hey coach, in soccer, there is too much running so you feel some pains in the abdominal area. How do I stop this?


You’ve got stomach cramps… or side stitches! Stomach cramps are the most common form of pain in growing children. There are several different reasons why stomach cramps happen when we are running around. The good news is that you can stop them before they start.


Clues for Cramps

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Here’s a quicklist of why runners get stomach cramps:


  • Eating or drinking too much before running
  • Dehydration – Not getting enough water during your run
  • Weak abdominal muscles
  • Not stretching

Absolutely Abs

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Your abs are muscles in your belly that keep your body straight and strong. They keep your body in good posture when you are running so that your organs don’t rub or bounce up against your ribs and other things. Once your ab muscles get tired or break-down, you lose your posture and those side-stitches are basically your stomach rubbing up against your ribs.


Stop the Stomach Pain

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If you got strong abs, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Here’s a list of things you have to do to stop those side stitches from coming back:


  • Don’t eat for 2 hours before your run. You want your belly empty so it doesn’t rub against your ribs
  • Keep your body hydrated throughout your day, but don’t drink too much water all at once. A belly full of water will rub against those ribs
  • Stretch your abs so they don’t tear and break-down while running
  • Breathing properly while running - If you're short of breath while running, your body can't get oxygen to your stomach muscles and they will break down
  • Rehydrate - Make sure to drink water while running. Not too much though!
  • Keep your abs strong by doing sit-ups and other ab exercises throughout the week

Puberty Problems

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The last thing is that kids get stomach cramps more than adults. If you are going through a growth spurt in your puberty days, there’s more of a chance of your abs stretching and breaking just because your body is growing. It’s no mystery… once you stop growing, you will have less stomach cramps.


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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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