Soreness prevention - walk after a match?

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  1. johnny ballgame

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    I won a tough singles 3-setter on Sunday and decided to go for a 45-minute walk after. It was a nice day and I just wanted to soak in the glory of victory a bit ;) . These days I'm usually quite sore the day after a 3-setter on a hard court. But I woke up today and there is only mild soreness. Did my walk somehow help? What's going on there?

    PS - I always stretch for 5-10 minutes after a match, but usually still feel sore. Maybe this walk is really the key?
     
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  2. stormholloway

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    Walking after exercise helps draw the lactic acid out of the muscles. Walking is the key, along with plenty of water afterwards.
     
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    Thanks. I'm going to try to incorporate more post-match "cool-down" exercise from now on. Based on my limited experience, it is as important as stretching for limiting next-day soreness.
     
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  4. maverick66

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    i used to jog a little after matches or get on an exercise bike. i wasnt a big static stretcher but definetly did movement exercises that would force the muscles to stretch. basically a dynamic cooldown is what ill call it. like a warm up but done at half the intesity.
     
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    Sound like a great idea. Some static stretching after your walk would undoubtedly also be helpful. Prior to your tennis activity, dynamic stretching is the way to go -- don't include any of the static stretches in your warm up routrine.
     
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  6. stormholloway

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    I have no choice since I have to walk everywhere in NYC.
     
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    IMO a light cool down is key to a good quick recovery.
     
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    I thought that new research showed that lactic acid isn't the cause of soreness. The new theory states that soreness is caused by tiny muscle tears.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/16/health/nutrition/16run.html

    Here's an article on stretching to prevent soreness:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/health/26real.html

    The article says stretching, before or after exercise, has little effect on preventing soreness.

    I don't know what to do. There always seems to be an article that says everything you do or eat is wrong. What's up with that?
     
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  9. maverick66

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    everyones body is a little different. so different things work for different people. when someone comes out with a study saying that something is more effective than something else its kinda true and kinda false.you gotta find what works for you. if you feel better doing static stretches after wards then do it. if its better for you to jog and dove light movement do that. its all about your body build. i had problems with cramping and discovered that i had iron deficencys when everyone was telling me i wasnt warming up properly. so i took an iron suppliment and cramping stoped. so everyone including college educated trainers where telling me it was lack of prep but it took a nutritionist to fix it.
     
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    Massaging the muscle is supposed to draw lactic acid out of the muscle as well.

    I think that nytimes article is a bit of bull. Stretching is essential.
     
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    DOMS is most likely is an inflammatory response to microtears in muscle. I say "most likely", because theories on DOMS still shift. However, current studies show that acidosis (i.e. lactic acid) has nothing to do with DOMS.

    Stretching itself doesn't have any real effect on DOMS. Connective tissue, yes, but not muscle.
     
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    Very confusing all those articles are. (lol, i know Im a good yoda), but all I have to add is do what feels most comfortable to you and seems to help the most, walking seems to help for me also after a strenuous match...
     
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    You're in NYC? Why didn't you mention that before?
     
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    Rickson:

    Wasn't stormholloway's picture once in the NY Sun newspaper? You probably didn't see it b/c you are some uppity liberal that reads the NY Times. It's either that or you only read the comics section.
     
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    now I know why some peoples brains are lopsided, they play all day on lopsided courts, :oops:
     
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  17. stormholloway

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    Clever. I wonder why you needed to edit such cleverness.
     
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    Arghh...aye ye mateys...double bagel the scoundrel, and then make 'im walk da plank! Uh oh, help! Arggghhh, I've fallen into a crack...nay...it be a fissure...and I can't get up!

    An eye patch and parrot on the shoulder would have really completed the "look". The Izod apparel, though, seems out of character...

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    The shorts were obviously acquired booty of a recent shipwreck. I usually wear tattered linens.
     
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  20. FedererISBetter

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    warm up before hitting... light running... do crossovers...do cir rotations for arms, sides rotations... etc etc while doing the light runnings around the court.
    then after tennis, do some stretches that we all see at the gym... ya know, the ones you do while standing still

    there are words for those but I forgot what they are... do about 10min warm up and 10 min afterplay sketches... they will help... atleast they help me lol

    I believe it could be the pre-play that makes you sore : )
     
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