Muscle soreness is a frequently occurring problem that young athletes face. There are practices, games, training and often athletes end up doing more than the body can handle.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) or muscle fever occurs hours or even days after strenuous game practice or exercise. Stiffness or soreness occurs in the muscles accompanied by severe pain. DOMS is not altogether that bad; it actually strengthens the muscles and helps build body for the young athlete. Nevertheless, the pain can be really bothering and difficult to bear.
Here are a few tips for parents to help their young athlete overcome pain caused by muscle soreness.
Muscle soreness occurs when the body is overworked. The body needs rest to be able to cope up with the upshot of exertion. Moreover, our bodies are capable of self-restoration and it takes around 24-48 hours to repair normal wear and tear in the muscle tissue. Taking proper rest can ensure proper healing and speedy recovery.
Along with rest, body requires the right food to be able to heal itself. Carbohydrates and proteins help the body in the regular repair and growth process. Fruits, fruit juices, milk shake with protein supplement added (most health drinks would have it), or even sports drinks can provide instant energy and the required nutrients to the body.
A hot water bath, heating towel, hot water pad or icepack is known to soothe pain in muscle soreness. But before you do any of this ask your physician or least the coach, because you don’t want to take chance if either of the treatments was not to be done in that specific case.
When the pain subsides a little, slight stretching can help the muscle get slowly back into action. Avoid jumping straight from the bed into the playing ground would be a bad idea. With the right stretching technique, muscles would relax and the pain would subside.