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When soreness is a good thing… | Boddicker Performance

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When soreness is a good thing…

by on Feb 12th, 2010

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In the sporting world, soreness is a given at one point or another.  This soreness can be from an increase in training load or even the precursor to an injury that demands attention before the wheels fall off and training time is missed.  Lately, I’ve been doing a fair shake of work with an athlete returning to high performance, and yesterday, she mentioned that she had become sore and fatigued in areas that she had not been in a while.  As she continued to speak, I had an “Ah-ha” moment.

In altering a person’s posture or movement patterns, stress will be transferred to previously unloaded (or minimally loaded) tissues that will then be challenged.  Soreness in this case can be an indicator that there are changes in patterning being made, and that you may be headed in the right direction.

That said, it is critical to understand that as performance specialists, our goal is not to create soreness.  No, our goal is instead to bring about changes in patterning, joint centration, and strength with an intelligently designed and sensibly progressed program.  Soreness is not the goal, it is just sometimes a byproduct of change.

Best regards,

Carson Boddicker

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