Overuse Injuries: Fatigue and Soreness

April 1, 2017

Injury Prevention Newsletter

Overuse Injuries: Fatigue & Soreness

What is muscle fatigue?

Muscle fatigue and soreness limit performance and play a big role in how you feel during and after your workday. Fatigue is your body’s way of making you aware that you have reached your limit.

This limit, however, can be expanded and increased by making a few changes to your lifestyle habits. The muscle fatigue and soreness that often accompanies work and exercise can be reduced, or even eliminated if you are following the right prevention and maintenance plan.

Why am I sore?
No one is immune to muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles 24-72 hours after strenuous activity. The severity of soreness depends on the type of force placed on the muscle. Highly repetitive tasks or activities will produce more soreness and damage.

Symptoms of DOMS include:

  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Reduced strength in the muscle group

In order to ensure that soreness is minimized, try gentle massage (see page 2) and movement, get enough rest, and eat enough protein to repair damaged tissues. Ice (in a bath or massage) can also be helpful.

Read more about Overuse Injuries in our Injury Prevention Newsletter (follow the link below).