What’s Causing That Stitch in Your Side?

What’s Causing That Stitch in Your Side?

What’s the deal with that sharp pain in your side when you’re trying to win that marathon? SciShow has the answers!

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20 Responses

  1. Alistair Shaw says:

    @tritonmole that is least a logical explanation

  2. A Banana says:

    Why doent my gf have a penis??????????

  3. Cameron Gallagher (Camstarflame) says:

    I thought it had to do with anaerobic respiration and the build up of
    lactic acid?

  4. SSBMsounds says:

    Protip: make them go away instantly by touching (or trying to) your toes a
    few times.

  5. kaity dawn says:

    Just keep running and it will go away. Pain is weakness leaving the body.

  6. Omricon says:

    a quick tip for running: inhale and exhale when you land with your left
    foot rather than your right. I’m aware it sounds stupid, but ever since I
    started doing it I’ve never felt any stings, except for one or two times.
    Friends of mine have confirmed it to work too.

  7. JugheadJones03 says:

    Thanks Hank and SciShow!

  8. Scah Saint says:

    Interesting. Personally, i exercise five times a week which includes a
    significant amount of cardio. I have noticed that if I don’t exercise for
    while(run or some sort of cardio) I seem to suffer stitches heavily when I
    start exercising again. However, when I exercise consistently without
    taking long breaks of inactivity(no exercise) I do not suffer any sort of
    stitches. Therefore, for me, I like to always exercise everyday to avoid
    getting terrible stitches. It seems to work well and I keep in shape while
    I am at it.

  9. Lt_Joker says:

    To me the diaphram makes the most sense. In the air force my instructors
    told me to breath more with my chest and less with my stomach, to use my
    ribcage more to breathe instead of the diaphram. And what do you know.. not
    only did I not get side stich, the first time I tried that I was already
    having the pain and breathing like that made it go away WHILE running. So
    personally I think it’s definitely at least related to the diaphram motion.

  10. Ragnabolt says:

    eww i’m not going to move anymore thanks to sci show

  11. vovasoft says:

    Pressing against the place where the pain comes from will make it stop even
    when running. Why does this happen ?

  12. Taylor Korthals says:

    I was always told by my cross country coach they were caused by lack of
    oxygen getting to the lungs and that focusing on my breathing would help.
    It usually does but maybe I just assumed what I thought was a stitch wasn’t
    just something else. Learn something new!

  13. Sirak Haile says:

    I have theory that maybe when we sweat when we work out, so we lose water.
    So maybe the size of our organ decreases slightly and when we move we force
    the organs and muscles to expand even though they decreased in size. And
    when we relax our body then catched up with the water demand of our organs.
    Anyone agrees?

  14. Alice BlunderMouse says:

    I was always taught that stitches were muscle spasms in your abdomen and
    the best thing to do was to keep running while applying pressure to the
    area that hurt, I always believed this was true as a lot of the time if I
    just firmly poked my stitch for a few minutes and kept moving it would go
    away a lot faster than if I stopped and it also seemed like they didn’t
    come back so long as I kept running. this is what my P.E teachers told me
    during cross country running.

  15. GusenbauerAffe says:

    Can you make an episode on hiccups? I’ve been wondering about it lately

  16. RustyTube says:

    That’s quite a detailed explanation of something researchers aren’t sure
    where it comes from. ;)

  17. Elia Deck says:

    Just an anecdote, but when I get a stitch I just concentrate on breathing
    in and out at a constant pace. Seems to make the stitch go away after about
    a minute and I don’t need to stop running/skiing.

  18. porterwake says:

    We called it a side ache. I haven’t had one since I was a kid.

  19. Larry stawin says:

    Eat a banana before you run works every time

  20. Arshpreet Dht says:

    What causes random cramps in your legs…. Like when i wake up in the
    mornings and stretch my leg will cramp really painfully