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“No pain, no gain” is almost every athlete’s mantra, whether it’s training with a team or working out on their own. We push ourselves to the brink so that we can become stronger, faster, and more agile, and the soreness we feel the next day is all part of the process.

While delayed-onset soreness is a natural and expected part of working out, there is a point where muscle pain can be an indicator of a different problem.

These are some of the most common reasons for muscle pain in sports.

Poor Training 

Training is an important part of getting yourself ready to hit the field, but not all training is created equal. Good training will take into consideration your level and gradually work you up from there.

Going into a workout too far past your level can lead to more intense and longer-lasting pain. Training should also properly prepare you for what you’re going to do.

For example, if a physical trainer spends all their time helping you work on your legs, going golfing may fatigue your arm and back muscles because your training didn’t help prepare you for it.

Tension 

Are you tense thinking about an upcoming game or tryouts? Stressed about getting schoolwork done so you can play?

Your muscle pain may not actually be from playing, but from muscle tension brought on by stress. When we are stressed, our muscles tense as part of our fight-or-flight response. Too much tension for too long can lead to muscle pain.

Muscle Strain 

Obviously tearing your ACL or overextending a joint will cause you muscle pain, but not every injury is that obvious.

Not to be confused with a sprain, a muscle strain is another term for pulling or tearing a muscle because of overuse or too strenuous use. On its own, muscle strains are not terribly serious.

They require only rest, ice, and compression and can usually be treated without professional medical help. However, continuing to fatigue a strained muscle can cause serious problems.

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Muscle pain may be part of the process, but it’s important to be able to identify the reasons for sports-related muscle pain in your own body to determine if you should power through or slow down and find ways to relieve the sore muscles before getting back in the game.

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