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June 6, 2014
hoovedog
Men's 50
70 posts
Pickle Juice
It is hard for me to believe LeBron James had to miss the last 7 minutes of the NBA Championship, because of heat cramps,, million dollar trainers do not know what all Senior Softball Players know,, Pickle Juice will stop cramps..
June 6, 2014
jsheeran
Men's 50
41 posts
I've heard about pickle juice from a player in Michigan but have never tried it. What volume of pickle juice do you drink prior to playing a game and do you drink it also during the game?
June 6, 2014
hoovedog
Men's 50
70 posts
None prior to the game,, in a Tournament, at 90 to a 100 degrees 5th or 6th game when you feel the slightest tightening of the muscle, about 2-3 gulps,, lately I haven't needed it till 2 to 3 in the morning, with that giant inner thigh cramp, and start the bedroom dance!!
June 6, 2014
JBTexas
Men's 60
259 posts
I've always had problem with cramps as I run a lot for myself and others, but since starting(been doing two years) pickle juice before my first game each day during a tournament I haven't had one cramp. HEB(grocery store) here in Texas sells small 6 oz bottles(dollar each), won't leave home without it. I'm a believer, taste like hell but works.
June 6, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Given that there are several types of pickles and not all the with the same content, which one are you talking about.
June 6, 2014
JBTexas
Men's 60
259 posts
8 oz bottle that I have is called Pickle juice sport, found in sport drink section. Doesn't give type of pickles used.
June 6, 2014
Perl
96 posts
Dill pickle juice is the ticket. Often at tournaments they have a big jar of pickles. Asked for a cup of ice filled with the pickle juice. Really works.
June 6, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
722 posts
2 tablespoons of mustard will also do the trick.
June 6, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
I have used pickle juice and found it effective. I recall reading that any vinegar will work, but dill pickle juice definitely worked for me. Lots of water before exertion is still the best preventive and cold water is absorbed faster. Sports drinks just slow the absorption. Force yourself to drink more than you think you need before and then drink water continuously. A tiny drop of white sugar in your water tricks the brain to put off feeling tired. Sports drinks again are counterproductive during the event. Some find magnesium supplements help preclude cramping.
June 6, 2014
Tim Millette
477 posts
A friend of mine named Rick plays in the San Francisco softballs league and he says before every game guys on his team suck down some "pickle juice" and they never cramp.
June 6, 2014
titanhd
Men's 50
324 posts
Or just eat a dill pickle...
June 6, 2014
Dbax
Men's 60
1243 posts
I thought this was an old wives tale, but after researching it, it indeed does work. Apparently muscle cramping is NOT due to dehydration. Pickle juice has an almost immediate effect on relieving the cramp. Eating a pickle however, does not work.
June 6, 2014
Gary33
143 posts
Gatorade makes a Lime cucumber that fits the bill for cramps.
June 7, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Magnesium deficiency is the hidden cause of leg cramps. Mayo clinic research.
June 7, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Gary 33, please read your Lime Cucumber label of gaterade and tell which ingredients stop cramps. The electrolytes in gaterade slow water absorption. If it is really hot and you have really sweated then gaterade after the game may make sense. Cold water (with a touch of real sugar) is the best. And yes there is science about cold water and a drop of sugar. Much of feeling tired is your mind telling you to stop which is a safety measure. The drop of sugar fools your mind to believe all is ok so the tiredness goes away. Miniscule amounts of sugar do the trick. Sugar delays water absorption which is key so think less than a teaspoon in a quart of ice cold water. Taits, glad to see someone else know about magnesium. I also thinks it helps recovery. Note: magnesium is not for during the game!
June 8, 2014
Mulewhipper
54 posts
I remember a long time ago...Alka Seltzer was used in the club house in the sweltering heat and humidity of summer.
Seemed to work well.
June 8, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Mulewhipper, I don't think Alka Seltzer is a good idea, indeed I think it is a very bad idea.

Wiki states the ingredients of Alka Seltzer as:

Alka-Seltzer is a combination of sodium bicarbonate, paracetamol aspirin, and anhydrous citric acid, used for the relief of heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach aches.

Aspirin might help a headache. Many years ago they erroneously thought salt was good to take in the heat. This has been totally proven wrong. The sodium in Alka Seltzer would just slow the absorption of water which is a bad thing.
June 8, 2014
Cuervo13
9 posts
San Francisco pickle juice.... That was pretty funny Millette
June 9, 2014
Mulewhipper
54 posts
HJ....what I'm reading is that Pickle Juice has about the same sodium content as Alka Seltzer...

Alka Seltzer: Sodium Content 445mg per tablet
Vlassic Pickle: 880 mg Sodium (that's just the pickle...the juice I'm sure is much more concentrated).

So it seems that Sodium is a big contributor in both of these products.

All I know is... neither have been scientifically proved or disproved, but I have tried both in the past, and they have both seemed to work for me.




June 10, 2014
swing for the fences
Men's 50
981 posts
Salt is the key..... I have been lucky as not to have cramped but a handful of times over the years... Salt cured it instantly each time... glass of water with a teaspoon to table spoon of salt cures it almost instantly!
June 10, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
I like science and believe in science.

This article:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/phys-ed-can-pickle-juice-stop-muscle-cramps/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

really explains this. It demonstrates that it is not the salt in pickle juice which does it. In fact, in the actual test, pure vinegar
stopped the painfully induced cramps faster than pickle juice. The study suggests that it is not dehydration but muscle exhaustion which
causes cramps. I think proper hydration before and during exercise stops exhaustion, but based on the study, dehydration itself doesn't cause the cramps. ( They actually tested intentionally dehydrated volunteers.) Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
June 11, 2014
Gunny2
34 posts
Guys it works I have been eating & drinking the pickle juice for along time & on HJ post is right the pickle juice can help, There is a product out there call pickle pop, drink it or freez it. I could only find it at Walmart in the pickle section. Still you need to drink plenty of fluids.
June 11, 2014
tg69
304 posts
Pickle juice works for me.Been doing it for 5 years now and I try to never go to a tourney without a bottle of it.Im hooked.
June 11, 2014
Lefty0401
1 posts
I carry two small packets of regular mustard picked up at a fast food place. This works well for me.
June 11, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Mustard works because it contains lots of vinegar. I have also used it when out of pickle juice and it works.
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