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Why do runners and other athletes experience a side stitch?

Why do runners and other athletes experience a side stitch? Runners and other athletes are familiar a running stitch, which are spasms that occur under the diaphragm or just under the rib cage.   Wikipedia describes it as follows: “A side stitch (also called a side ache, a side cramp, a side cramp, a side sticker, a muscle stitch, or simply the stitch) is an intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage that occurs while exercising. It is also referred to as exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP).” There are many theories about what causes a side stitch including Read More »