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We have all experienced the painful side stich at least once in our lives. Scientifically known as exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP), the ‘stich’ is an ailment that is prevalent in activities that involve repetitive torso movements like running. The localized pain in the lateral aspects of the abdomen can be sharp or a excruciating stabbing when severe, and can be cramping, aching and pulling when less intense.
A stich can affect anyone, more commonly in young individuals and is not dependent on body type or sex. Even well trained athletes can suffer from it but less frequently. There are many theories that have been used to explain why it occurs and the roots of the pain but irritation of the parietal peritoneum – the lining of the abdominal cavity – best explains it.
The best strategies to avoid a stich occurring is the most common one of not eating large volumes of food or beverages at least two hours before exercise, or less heard of like improving your posture – more so in the thoracic region (middle of spine) and supporting your abdominal organs by improving core strength or wearing a supportive broad belt.
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