Muscle soreness and stiffness is normal and natural after a hard workout or competition, but it shouldn’t stay that way (beyond 48 hours). Severe joint pain is also not normal, nor is shooting or sharp pain. Don’t push through that type of pain.
If you do have regular or consistent pain beyond the normal muscles soreness consider the following:
- You have poor form
- You have poor technique
- You didn’t warm up
- You didn’t stretch
- You have a small muscle imbalance
- The right and left sides of your body aren’t working together
- The energy that you are producing for the activity is not going to this activity. It’s going into the stress.
Check your posture, be aware of your form, don’t push out a few extra reps at the expense of form. If you’re already inflammed, rest and figure out the cause.
If you can’t figure it out on your own, have the pain checked out by a doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, athletic trainer or other health care professional. Treat your pain as a puzzle and remember that pain is indicative of a weak link or energy leak – it’s there to tell you something, so please listen.