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05 Jun 2012 - 02:48:08 pm

Creatine Monohydrate And Myths about Muscle Cramps or Injury

First, I'd like to publish more info about "what is muscle cramp".

A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and intentionally contracted muscle that does not relax. Anytime we work with the muscle groups that can be managed voluntarily, like those of our arms and legs, they relax and contract as we move our limbs. Muscle groups that hold our head, throat, and trunk contract additionally in a coordinated fashion to keep up our position. A muscle (or just a few fibers of a muscle) that involuntarily (without knowingly willing it) contracts is in a "spasm." If the spasm is forceful and continued, it becomes a cramp. Muscle cramps often cause a visible or palpable hardening of the affected muscle.

This is probably one of the most well known creatine myth among the athletes. It is just a post hoc fallacy and something that gets repeated so much that people without any prior information of creatine frequently asked questions will usually and unfortunately accept it to be reality.

If an athlete who happens to be getting creatine gets a muscle cramp they will likely point the finger at their creatine use, while in fact the cramp is probably caused by lack of hydration, improper electrolyte balance, or variety of other factors that can easily end up with cramping. In a recent and very large (nearly 1500 participants) research, creatine supplementation did not lead to increased incidence of cramping amongst athletes. The fact is, the groups getting creatine in fact suffered from significantly less cramps than the non-creatine group. In a comparable vein, numerous athletes mistakenly think that creatine will improve their risk of harm. On the other hand, study has demonstrated that creatine is unable to boost the possibility of personal injury.


The several myths I simply discussed are probably the most widespread you'll find today, of course there are probably more you will encounter if you look a little bit deeper. Hopefully I've encouraged you to take almost everything overly negative you read about creatine monohydrate with a touch of suspicion from here on out.

I motivate you to always try to find reputable scientific materials when it comes to creatine or any other dietary supplement. You should not rely on the personal anecdotes of other people, fellow fitness fans, coaching staff, etc. Have confidence in published, peer-reviewed scientific tests. Be suspicious of any outlandish comments you find out, whether they are good or bad. While I've selected to pay attention to debunking the negative myths surrounding creatine, the old saying of "buyers beware" surely refers to the nutritional supplement business. Just remember, creatine is not a steroid, so you should not expect steroid-like results, no matter of how lofty the supplier's promises may be.

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