Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Any form of activity that may place unaccustomed stress or loads on a muscle group could lead to DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), this soreness is different to acute soreness, where the pain develops during the activity. DOMS however, typically begins 12-24 hours post-exercise although the greatest pain can be experienced 48-72 hours after the exercise has been performed.

Causes and symptoms

Although the origins of the soreness and correlative symptoms have some complexity, it is well established that many types of physical activity can cause delayed soreness.

It is believed that the soreness is an occurrence of micro damage to muscle fibers that are involved within exercise. DOMS is understood to be a side effect of the repair process that occurs in response to microscopic muscle damage.

How to prevent DOMS

Preventative measures can be taken, although, using these methods does not necessarily mean that DOMS will be avoided, yet potentially reduced or aid in the recovery process. Firstly encouraging movement, with light loads and low intensity. For example if completing a collection heavy load or volume leg exercises, it is recommended to follow with the use of a cardiovascular exercise with Group Cycle, in addition doing so between sets has also been proven to encourage greater force production.

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