The Hammered Feeling: Simple Steps to Soften Muscle Soreness

2377296962_701a4b1e00_curesotto_Negative0-12-11_commercial useThe Hammered Feeling: Simple Steps to Soften Muscle Soreness

Matt Fitzgerald, writes about delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that many runners experience after a race or a particularly long run.

Matt Fitzgerald – Running Times Magazine

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The author, Matt Fitzgerald, writes about delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that many runners experience after a race or a particularly long run.  DOMS is associated with the microscopic tearing of muscle fibers during activity that is either more intense or prolonged than normal. The pain is associated with inflammation.  Preventing soreness begins with a warm-up, followed by stretching or flexibility drills.  In addition to warming up and cooling down, it is important not to overdo long runs and high-intensity workouts and to allow adequate opportunity to heal between hard workouts.  Icing is the best way to reduce inflammation and the associated soreness. Combining a cold treatment with compression of the sore muscle is even more effective.

Running Times Magazine

Published: December, 2003

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