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How to Prevent Side Stitches from Ruining Your Run

Runner’s World reports while the cause of “side stitches” (the sharp pain that occurs below the ribs when running) has yet to be proven, experts have their own thoughts on the matter, and ways it can be prevented.

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, suggested the cause is a result of a diaphragm spasm. The diaphragm, is a muscle that extends across the bottom of the rib cage, and plays an important role in breathing. The diaphragm can fatigue and cramp when it undergoes too much stress. This could explain why side stitches typically impact beginner runners or those stepping up pace or distance.

Read the full article at Runnersworld.com.