Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is an aching pain felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the activity. The pain is felt only when the muscle is used, not when resting.
When your legs hurt immediately after a marathon, it’s not DOMS. However, when find yourself unable to walk downstairs the next morning, you’re experiencing DOMS.
Most believe DOMS develops as a result of microscopic damage to muscle fibers. The severity of soreness normally becomes less with repetition. Therefore, practice good uphill and downhill running techniques when training for the Boston Marathon.
Unlike DOMS, a muscle strain (or pulled muscle) is an acute injury as a result of tearing a muscle. Immediate pain as a result of lifting a heavy object is typical.
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