There has yet to be concrete evidence on this.
What studies have shown is that the risk of stitches depends on the sporting activity, said sports dietitian Kejendran Mangaikarasu of National University Hospital (NUH) and NUH Sports Centre.
Such exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP) is more common in swimmers and runners, compared to cyclists.
ETAP is described as a localised abdominal pain characterised by cramping or a sharp, stabbing sensation.
Other possible reasons for the discomfort include poor fitness levels, high-intensity exercise and the lack of warm-ups, he added.
Do proper warm-ups before engaging in exercise. Also, improving your fitness level can help, said Mr Kejendran.
Don’t skip your pre-exercise meal as it actually helps you to finetune your carbohydrate and fluid needs. Failure to meet one’s energy needs can result in an impaired sports performance, reduced immunity and fatigue.
Text by Mind & Body, Straits Times. Image: Thinkstock