oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Delayed-onset-muscle-soreness

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Muscle soreness that occurs during intense exercise is most often caused by muscular compression of capillaries and hence an inadequate blood flow within the contracting muscle. The resulting accumulation of protons, phosphate ions and nucleotides arising from inadequate removal of the products of energy production, all stimulate pain receptors in the muscle.

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