How To Prevent & Deal With A Side Stitch While Running

Published on March 26th 2018


Side stitch, side pain, side cramp? Why do you get this annoying pain whilst running? And more importantly, how do you solve it and prevent it returning in the future? Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: In the medical world, the pain is referred to as Exercise Related Transient Abdominal Pain, ETAP. However, you might have heard it called a side stitch, side ache, cramp or even a sticker. There are varying theories as to what causes this side pain including: - Eating and drinking too much - Too many sit ups - Poor bike position - Lopsided gait/breathing on one side The one thing these seem to have in common is the diaphragm as itโ€™s thought that the reduction in blood flow to the region for whatever reason produces the stitch pain. To get some tips on how to combat this side stitch we speak to two experts: - Fiona Lathander, Sports Nutritionist at Team Bath - Barry Edwards, Sports Physiotherapist at Team Bath Both kindly share there tips on how to prevent getting a stitch and how to deal with it when you do! If you found this video helpful, don't forget to give it a thumbs up ๐Ÿ‘ If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GTN... ๐Ÿ“น Ironman Triathlon World Championships Vlog - ๐Ÿ“น 8 Key Stretches To Improve Your Flexibility - Music: Epidemic Sound Jay Troit - Da Tooby Now We Do It Again (Instrumental Version) - Martin Hall Restless Minds - Yomoti Turn Up The Love - Otto Wallgren Wasted (Instrumental Version) - Ramin Photos: ยฉ Triathlon / Getty Images