After only two innings Texas Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton was forced to leave Sunday’s the game due to back spasms. Hamilton felt a back spasm while running out a run-scoring single in the first inning of the 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Hamilton has dealt with back pain before. He said it should take about 12 hours for the muscle to “release.” Hamilton stated “I’m not worried about it. I didn’t feel anything alarming.”
Hamilton expects to play today, Monday, at the series opener at Toronto after a three-hour overnight flight!
Here are some tips for Hamilton to help treat his back spasms and prepare for today’s game.
- Bring a back roll or ask for extra pillows to put behind your back to keep your spine straight and prevent slouching. This will alleviate pain and pressure.
- Bring gel packs that can be frozen or heated (or bring one of each). These are great for treating swelling, sore muscles, and back pain.
- Stretch your muscles properly!
- Get enough fluids. If you don’t get enough fluids, your risk for muscle cramps increases, especially while exercising.
- Make sure to get the right minerals in your body. Inadequate blood levels of such minerals as magnesium, potassium and sodium will increase your risk for muscle spasms.
- If you suffer from muscle spasms, talk to your doctor about taking daily mineral supplements of potassium and magnesium.