Neural mechanisms of muscle cramp

Kento Nakagawa*, Naokazu Miyamoto, Kazuyuki Kanosue

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although muscle cramps are a common problem for many athletes, the underlyingmechanisms are still poorly understood. In this chapter, we review the proposed causesof muscle cramps. Dehydration and electrolyte disturbance are generally considered to be causes of muscle cramps, but this is unlikely. Alternatively, either neural activity in the spinal cord or in the peripheral could be the cause of cramps. Definitive evidence is scarce and controversy abounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Performance
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9784431553151
ISBN (Print)9784431553144
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Central nervous system
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte disturbance
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Peripheral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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