Brian Windhorst, at ESPN, recently interviewed Cleveland Cavaliers’ Guard, Matthew Dellavedova, regarding his severe muscle cramps during the 2014 NBA Finals. As many people will remember, Dellavedova literally gave everything he had during the Cavs’ game 3 victory over the Golden State Warriors, and his body paid a price. After scoring 20 points and hitting the floor almost a dozen times scrambling for loose balls and causing havoc, Dellavedova began cramping. In his words
“First my quads both cramped. Then my hammies. Then my adductors. I couldn't move off the training table. I was stuck on the table. I had the IV in and I was still cramping. They helped me to the cold tub and I just collapsed in it for 20 minutes.”
Unfortunately, the episode seemed to have a lingering effect. After the epic game 3 performance, Dellavedova shot just 19% over the next three games, averaging just five points. As anyone who has suffered from severe muscle cramps can attest, the soreness and negative side effects can often last for days. Recounting the episode, Dellavedova continued,
“I was just spent. As an athlete, that's all you can really do. There's nothing more I could've physically done.”
For those who have suffered through a similar experience, the situation can feel hopeless. Athletes are usually advised to stay hydrated, keep electrolyte levels up, and take mineral supplements, such as potassium and magnesium. However, as we mentioned in a previous post, these “remedies” are generally based on observation and anecdotal evidence, rather than science.
The Cavs’ trainers ultimately treated Dellavedova with IV’s, going so far as to admit him to the hospital for further treatment. As Dellavedova put it, “What would happen if these cramps happened again in the middle of the night? I would've been screwed."
Recent research is revealing new methods for how to relieve muscle cramps. You can read more about it in our blog post but the simplified version is this: it is believed that muscle cramps are the result of neuromuscular fatigue, which causes the nerves that control your muscles to become overexcited. These nerves then misfire, causing your muscles to contract involuntarily. Fortunately, your nerve receptors can be topically stimulated, which stops them from misfiring.
This is the premise that ACV Cramp Cure is based on.