Why do you get side cramps when you run?

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I recently had a client ask why when she runs she gets cramps in the side of her rib cage, which is often called the side stich.  I know we have all experienced this one time or another, but I guess I never did the research at why this happens.


I found this article on Wikipedia and thought I would share what I found.  

When exercising, a side stitch (also called a side cramp, a side sticker or simply a stitch) is an intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage. It is also referred to as exercise related transient abdominal pain (ETAP). This pain may be caused by the internal organs (like the liver and stomach) pulling downwards on the diaphragm, though an exact mechanism remains to be elucidated. 

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  1. Leana Rice - Mealani Fitness says:

    I was always taught that it may be due to a lack of oxygen and not breathing properly (taking deep breaths expanding the abdomin while inhaling) and breathing shallow (short breaths)…interesting! Leana Rice (Mealani Fitness)

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  2. Noah says:

    Wow that is really interesting.

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