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Aching legs

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I play competetive six a side soccer twice a week, and recently I've been getting aching muscles in my legs, but here's the thing.
Its never the day after the game, Rather its the day after that. Its never the same muscle group and it doesn't always happen. But it is getting more frequent. I generally warm up for five minutes before hand with some gentle running and stretches.
Can anyone tell me why this is? And is there anything i can do about it. Except quiting...
I know its not really Ski related but I was hoping some of the knowledgeable people round here would know.

post #2 of 13
Try going back and being younger. If that doesn't work, more ice, ibuprofen and gym time.

post #3 of 13
For several years now I've noticed that the peak of any muscle soreness is two days after the event that caused it (for me it's usually mountain biking). I think that's pretty typical for adults. I've also found that if I exercise again through that period of muscle soreness it seems to go away faster than if I sit around nursing it. Maybe try riding a stationary bike or something just enough to get your muscles moving/loosened up again on those days when you're feeling sore.
post #4 of 13
Get a leg massage from someone who works with athletes.
post #5 of 13
for most of us humans, even those of us who are athletic, new levels of exertion cause muscle soreness about 48 hrs after the activity. not sure why it takes 2 days, but then I don't know why YOU would expect it to take only 1 day. it would be just as unscientific to ask why doesn't it hurt like hell when you're doing it?

remember there's a difference between guesses based on personal subjective experience, and science. your "next day" rule has no scientific basis. It's just a guess. That's why it doesn't happen that way.

I have become so accustomed to the "2 days later" soreness that I expect it on the 2d day after any activity in which I'm doing something that either is unfamiliar OR is at a level I don't regularly reach.
post #6 of 13
This is SOMETIMES, but NOT always, due to dehydration or potassium deficiency.
post #7 of 13
Try the following web site


Warm down as well as up might help
post #8 of 13
LM, great points about water & potassium. What are other good dietary sources of potassium? Bananas and cranberries are the two I know about.
post #9 of 13
I believe LM is onto something as usual. When I used to play guitar semi-professionally, I had an old hand injury that would always cramp up around the 3rd set or so. I was able to control this by switching from colas and such to water onstage, and by taking potassium supplements, 99mg daily in the AM and an extra 99mg (for placebo effect?) just before the show. I pretty much follow the same regimen for skiing and it seems to have some positive effect.
post #10 of 13
Baked potato, orange juice almonds salmon, turkey, I'm hungry!
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post #12 of 13
rehydration fluids
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well thanks for all the advice guys and gals.
I'll try drinking much more fluids than I normally do, and maybe eat more banana's before they all die out...

Gonzo, I can answer your question about why it doesn't hurt when I'm playing quite easily, its adrenaline. I can run off little knocks quite easily whilst playing. Only to find out the following morning I've hurt something quite badly.
The only reason I asked was because I've been playing twice a week for 15 years, and its only recently this has been happening.
So i kinda assumed it was something dietry.
I like to think it wasn't old age creeping up overnight!

Altagirl, I'm also going to try your advice, with a little light rowing next time it happens.

Lisamarie, Nice menu! Thats tonights dinner sorted then.

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