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A freshman studying medicine at an Ivy League College is a part of his class crew team and exercises regularly. After a particularly strenuous exercise session, he experiences severe cramps in his thighs and pain in his biceps.
Explain the chemical process that occurred in his muscle cells to cause this discomfort.


Explain the chemical reactions that have possibly taken place in his body after the exercise.


Discuss possible treatments for the freshman and how the treatment works chemically.

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asked by Monica
  1. There may be something here to help but I don't see any chemical equations and not much specificity.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-does-lactic-acid-buil

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    posted by DrBob222
  2. A freshman studying medicine at an Ivy League College is a part of his class crew team and exercises regularly. After a particularly strenuous exercise session, he experiences severe cramps in his thighs and pain in his biceps.
    •Explain the chemical process that occurred in his muscle cells to cause this discomfort.



    •Explain the chemical reactions that have possibly taken place in his body after the exercise.



    •Discuss possible treatments for the freshman and how the treatment works chemically.

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  3. I don't really know about the chemical equations, put I'm guessing he is exercising so hard that he isn't giving his body enough oxygen so it can't perform aerobic respiration anymore. It goes into anaerobic respiration, which produces lactic acid, the source of the cramps. He should sit down, breath deeply and massage the cramping areas. this will encourage blood flow to the area, increasing oxygen and restarting aerobic respiration.

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