Tip #5: Is that soreness normal? DOMS vs. injury
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common for 2-3 days after performing hard dance practices or new choreography.
DOMS typically occurs in large areas of muscle on both sides of the body. For example, both hamstrings will be sore. They may even be less flexible than they had been prior to the hard practice. This will typically resolve in 2-3 days with rest, foam rolling and ice or heat.
Injury, however, is usually more point specific and often on one side of the body. For example, the pain might be more at your knee or at the top of one hamstring. If pain starts localizing to one side or area, seek a medical evaluation. Most injuries benefit from ice in the first 72 hours.
There are other kinds of injury when something pops, or feels fuzzy or weak in an unusual way. If this happens, you should seek prompt medical attention.
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This article was written by Twin Cities Orthopedics’ dance and performing arts medicine department for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any medical condition.