Dealing with DOMS

You work out, train, condition, strength train, etc. You fatigue yourself . . . perhaps even get exhausted. You get sore the next day. You are sore even the day after that. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) has taken effect. DOMS usually is worse with eccentric muscle contractions and especially when you change your activity routine or intensity level dramatically. Remember that this is a normal response and you will be okay.

The debate is out on what will help alleviate the DOMS effect. A better, improved warm up and systematic cool down perhaps could be the trick. Stay active after you are done with your workout or training session. Gentle stretching can help as well. Prevention of DOMS can be highly individual from athlete to athlete.

If you have questions, about your training plan, please let me know!

Matthew Parks, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

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