Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Massaging leg cramp is instinctive reaction

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 I became rather upset while reading about soccer coach Juan Jose Aranguri being incarcerated after massaging a cramped muscle in the leg of a 12-year-old girl in soccer camp ("Soccer camp director charged with sexual abuse of a minor," Aug. 13 article). I do not know this coach or this camp but the story reeks of a witch hunt.

Coming from a country where soccer is the national sport, team members getting legs massages right there on the side of the field is a common sight. I would say that in case of a leg cramp, massaging the leg is an instinctive reaction.

Doing a Google search on the words "soccer", "cramps" and "what to do" the following is the first result that comes up: "(Sports) Geezer finds that experts agree about what to do about cramps. When they occur, stop whatever activity brought them on, massage the muscle, and, if they continue, apply ice. To prevent them from happening, get your electrolytes in order before stepping on the court."

Not that that result surprises me as I know this is the thing to do I'm upset that America — the No. 1 incarceration nation in the world — is now incarcerating soccer coaches for massaging team members' legs

My opinion would be changed entirely if the massaging of the legs was followed by touching of private areas or kissing or any behavior that is purely sexual. However, there was no such mention in the article.

Patricia Verbeek, Chevy Chase