Monday, January 21, 2013

The importance, prevention and treatment of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

The landing forces from running, especially downhill running, tend to produce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS not only involves delayed soreness, but also immediate weakness can ruin a race.  However, a key benefit of DOMS inducing exercise is that a bout of DOMS can give protection against similar future exercise, and the protection lasts for months. Taking protein after DOMS inducing exercise is one of the best treatments, though compression clothing, caffeine and massage can also help. This article distills over 100 scientific studies in a practical summary for athletes of all levels.