Prone for long periods how do you prevent cramp (and others)
Posted 23 June 2010 - 12:41 AM
About 15 minutes into this position i got the worst cramp in both legs so i moved them and tried to push the balls of my feet against the tree to get rid of it. The next 40 minutes was agony and had me getting constant cramp i couldnt get rid of! I loved the job i was doing and i would certainly be interested in playing the sniper role to improve my all round woodsball skills but the thought of going prone for a long time brings back memories of that pain and discomfort.
Any tips on how i can beat cramp?
I was hydrated before the mission but never take water onto the field (i'd need a camelback which wont fit my vest)
My general level of fitness is just average.
I noticed in one post (with pics on positioning) someone mentioned pointing toes but i couldnt see how and which way (out to sides, out backwards etc) as the pics didnt show it clearly.
I appreciate any advice
Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:43 PM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:47 PM
but if not, go to ur local surplus store see if they have camo netting or ghilly blankets...hit tht with local foiliage and ur got something to break up outlines good.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:29 AM
one of my biggest problems comes from not being fully stretched, thats when I get the worst cramps. But also how are you hydrating yourself? Water alone won't keep you from cramping, you need like a 50/50 of gatorade and water (an emt told me this, also it tastes bad).
but as said before don't hold your legs at weird angles
Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:52 AM
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 07:36 AM
I played a scenario game on Sunday and spent half an hour prone with no problems. I do think the gatorade/water mix will help and i'll also stock up on the bananas as they're a great quick source of energy too.
Appreciate your help
Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:37 PM
Now as I said before, I'm not a sniper, but I am a Machine Gunner. And when we set up we don't make complicated positions that leave us dying after 15 minutes. Usually you end up with a poor view and it takes you long as all get out to get the hell out of Dodge. Do what works, not what looks cool or what they do in the movies.
If you can't fit a cameback on your vest then take a look at what you've got and see what doesn't belong. I know a lot of gear looks cool and I was same way, I wanted a bunch of crap too before I joined the Corps. But now I only take what I need, the rest gets in the way and just adds more weight. Being effective without having a bunch of fancy gear is better than laying there in the dirt and being lit up wearing your fancy gear. Maybe you don't think you have unnecessary gear but I dunno, I can fit a camelback on MY flak, and I gotta carry lot more than you guys do for paintball.
Just my opinion, to each his own though.
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