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Athletic Performance, Muscle Strength & Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Muscle cramps and muscle damage impacts athletic performance. The common cause of underperformance is the side effects of delayed muscle soreness related to athletic performance.

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is commonly seen in athletes after unaccustomed physical activities or when they first return to exercise after a period of reduced activity. The symptoms of DOMS can range from mild muscle soreness to severe pain. If the athlete decided to continue the training without proper treatment to alleviate the discomfort or pain, DOMS might significantly affect the performance. In some severe cases, DOMS may cause secondary injuries in athletes.

Eccentric activity, which involves the elongation of the muscles during the performance, is more likely to cause DOMS. Eccentric exercise may change muscle function and joint mechanics due to muscle and connective tissue damages during the activity. As a result of the muscle soreness, the compensatory mechanism for muscle soreness, and muscular and connective tissue damages, a less than optimal training performance may be noted. 

DOMS may lead to anatomical, physiological, or psychological impairment in athletes. A decreased range of joint motion, decreased strength or muscle power, and abnormal muscle recruitment patterns are the possible adverse outcome of DOMS. Research showed that muscle soreness from DOMS might impair neuromuscular function. A reduction in joint proprioception and decreased precision of force production is observed in athletes after eccentric activity. This may pose the athlete at a higher risk of secondary injury. 

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