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Sore muscles and DOMS - find out the difference!

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Sore muscles and DOMS - find out the difference!

Pain caused by intensive training is not surprising. However, the symptoms can have different causes. For example, they may occur during exercise or be felt after the completion of physical activity. Learn the difference between soreness and DOMS and how to prevent them.

DOMS and scidias - what is the difference?

DOMS or sore muscles? In both cases we are talking about pain in the muscles involved in the exercises performed. The main differences between DOMS and sore muscles, however, concern the mechanism of their formation and the moment of their occurrence. Being aware of this fact, you can prevent their development in advance, which allows you to avoid the feeling of discomfort and follow your training plan without the slightest resistance.


The term "soreness" is used to describe muscle pain occurring during exercise, which usually disappears shortly after the training is finished. The intensity of the pain is directly proportional to the engagement and load. The main cause of the development of soreness is the disruption of the optimal acid-base balance (i.e. a reduction in pH) and an excessive increase in the concentration of lactic acid. This in turn leads to irritation of the sensory receptors responsible for pain. Acidosis is also often accompanied by inadequate hydration of the body.


DOMS is the term for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. They actually occur after the completion of an exhausting workout, usually after about 24 hours. Peak soreness occurs between 24 and 28 hours after exercise. The causes of the development of DOMS are not fully known. However, it is thought that they are the result of several factors:

  • mechanical micro-trauma to muscle fibres during exercise
  • active inflammation resulting from intense physical activity
  • the accompanying swelling of muscle cells caused by exercise

It is worth noting that DOMS is most often seen in people who are just beginning their adventure with training (lack of proper adaptation of the body) and those returning to regular exercise after a long break from regular physical activity.

Sore muscles and DOMS - which supplements to choose?

The different basis of the development of sore muscles and DOMS requires a completely different approach in terms of prevention. A good way to do this is to enrich your daily diet with comprehensively active supplements. Minerals contained in Olimp Alkagen capsules will prove very useful. It is a well thought-out composition of zinc, magnesium, potassium and calcium, which have a positive effect on electrolyte management (magnesium), acid-base balance (zinc) and the correct functioning of the nervous and muscular system (magnesium, potassium, calcium).


It is also worth reaching for preparations with a valuable application in the context of persisting inflammatory changes. Olimp Glutamine Xplode is a very good option. It is an amino acid which is attributed with positive properties for immunity. Moreover, it helps to maintain the optimum nitrogen balance and the appropriate hydration of muscle cells.