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We’ve all experienced it at some point. You’re out on a jog or a run, you push yourself a little too hard and, out of nowhere, excruciating pain stabs you right between your ribs.
Anyone can experience these stabbing pains, or stitches, while running. At best, they’re a nuisance to casual joggers; at worst, they could ruin a marathon for a competitive runner.
No one is sure why they happen – some theories say it could be because of a lack of blood flow to the area, or because of the runner’s rapid breathing.
So, what do you do if it happens to you?
The first thing to do is slow down. Then, take deep, regular breaths, so you feel your stomach pulling in the air. This reduces strain on the diaphragm, giving some relief.
But if you want to avoid them altogether, sports medicine professor Ruediger Reer advises regulating your breathing while running. It’s also best to avoid eating a large meal before a run.
Article via The Star Online