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What are clonic muscle spasms and tonic muscle spasms?

Clonic spasms refer to alternating involuntary muscular contraction and relaxation in quick succession. Tonic spasms are rigid muscle contractions that last a period of time.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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