3 Common Myths Regarding Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

//3 Common Myths Regarding Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

3 Common Myths Regarding Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

By |2019-12-27T12:01:19+00:00December 27th, 2019|Blog|

We’ve all been there—waking up with stiff and painful muscles that barely allow us to move. Whether you’ve just started working out or you upped your workout regime a notch, you are bound to feel soreness in your muscles at some point.

Usually, people don’t experience muscle soreness immediately following the workout, but rather the next day. This is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS.

Understanding DOMS

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness usually occurs six to eight hours after the rigorous activity and peaks around a day or two post-training. It is more pronounced when a new training stimulus, such as increased intensity or volume, is introduced into the daily routine.

While the medical community is yet to find the exact cause behind DOMS, it is believed to be a result of micro-trauma to muscle fibres during the activity.

The muscles feel sore as the body prepares them for the next onslaught of the same activity by healing and strengthening them.

Common Myths Surrounding DOMS

Most people recognize muscle soreness as a normal part of post-workout fatigue. However, there are still a few myths surrounding the condition that prevent people from understanding it.

Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  • DOMS Is an Indicator of a Good Workout Session

Many people think experiencing sore muscles and stiff joints is a sign of a good workout. As a result, they try to push through persistent pain. This can be quite dangerous, resulting in extensive wear and tear in the muscles.

Mild to moderate pain and stiffness are normal after an intense workout, but you shouldn’t continue the exercise until your body has had time to heal itself.

  • DOMS Is Only Experienced By Beginners

Another common misconception is that muscle stiffness and pain are only experienced by people who have just started training.

On the contrary, experienced athletes can suffer an even worse case of DOMS under certain circumstances. It all depends on the type of activity and each individual’s pain threshold and stamina.

  • DOMS Is Caused By Acid Buildup In The Body

You might have noticed a burning sensation during a rigorous workout. This is a direct result of the body metabolizing nutrients for energy. Lactic acid is produced during this process to help break up nutrients.

However, contrary to popular belief, lactic acid does not cause increased acidity in the body, resulting in DOMS. It actually mitigates the acidity of your cells and clears up within an hour of most workouts.

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About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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