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Do young children get sore muscles from activity? (Read 174 times)

    This is a little random, but -- Do young kids get sore muscles?

     

    I've noticed that my  5 year old daughter no matter what she does doesn't seem to have DOMS.

    Yesterday, she did a 1.2 mile race fast (no walking, fast for a 5 year old) and then an hour later did 0.8 miles mud/obstacle race. Then spent most the day running and climbing at the playground. She feels great today.  She always has swim lessons and gymnastics on the same day and when weather is good, playground between them... 7 miles of hiking last Sunday and playing after...  Never any soreness (She has gotten sore joints as growing pains but that's not related to activities)  She clearly has no reduction in activities and I've specifically asked and she says no.

     

    I guess I don't often get sore from cardio type activities - more weight lifting.

     

    Are small kids more resistant to DOMS because they're growing? or just less likely to push themselves over? Or less time for lack of fitness to take over?

     

    I know it doesn't really matter, but I'm curious. Anyone know?

     

    I tried googling but I can't find anything related to activities only illness; which I guess supports that that are resistant... but why exactly?

    Current Weight: 160 lb

    Goal Weight: 130 lb

     

      I am not an expert either, but I would guess your daughter's fitness is high enough for those activities that she doesn't get sore, but she would get sore if she wasn't used to or adapted to it.  Or maybe she is a natural athlete.  I am pretty sure I got sore a few times when I was a kid.  I remember my Mom telling me to take a bath with Epsom salts when that happened.  I don't remember if that actually helped.


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        From my years as a Boy Scout, having backpacking trips, the answer is of course they do.

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          Just asked my 9 year old and he looked at me like I was crazy, he said yeah. He never complains, though so maybe kids just grin and bear it.

            From my years as a Boy Scout, having backpacking trips, the answer is of course they do.

             

            +1

             

            I know my kids won't ever tell me they're tired if we're out hiking or biking.

            We have a very strict family rule that complainers and whiners get left at home during the next adventure.

            I guess that makes me a mean dad, but the trips sure are enjoyable.

            Jack K.


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              My 13 year old daughter started cross fit training two days a week about six weeks ago. She is a competitive swimmer who was already in great shape. Her coach started the team on cross fit to "build explosiveness." She was sore after the first few sessions of cross fit. Now, after  only six weeks of it, she is already stronger and more ripped. But, yes, she was sore.

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              jimmyb


                When I ran baby marathons, I always got sore--but that's because I never held back. Wasn't gonna let those other poopie pants beat me.

                 

                When I pretended to be Superman (George Reeves version), and  dove through the kitchen window when I was 6, I also got quite sore.

                And cut up.

                 

                So, yes, muscles are muscles, and when you push it to its limits... some might recover quicker at different ages, but it will be the same at all ages.

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                  Not sure when I was 5, but certainly a few years later I distinctly remember being sore from long family hikes.

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                    I don't remember being sore when I was little. I do remember being all-over tired.  I think the system as a whole gives out before isolated muscles do when you're little.


                    The exception is baseball season, when your arm gets sore early in the Spring.  That's the only time I can remember having isolated soreness.

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                    Current Status 11/10: Back to building up miles.  Junk feels mostly okay.  Kinda.

                      Okay, I quizzed him again about noncontact sports. He said no. Maybe their little bodies are just more elastic? I wish I could bottle it.

                      SillyC


                        Oooh oooh!  I asked my kids' pediatrician this question, and got a fascinating answer!

                         

                        Apparently, muscle soreness is a lot different in little kids.  They'll tend to get growing pains and muscle spasms rather than DOMS as we do.  So, if they've overdone it, rather than experiencing DOMS like a grown up, they'll wake up in the night with sore legs.  You do know that we don't entirely know WHAT the mechanism is behind the pain of DOMS, right?  Well, what's going on in kids is interesting because our ability to experience DOMS is something that develops as we mature.  Ergo, if we could figure out what changes we could better understand DOMS.

                          Oooh oooh!  I asked my kids' pediatrician this question, and got a fascinating answer!

                           

                          Apparently, muscle soreness is a lot different in little kids.  They'll tend to get growing pains and muscle spasms rather than DOMS as we do.  So, if they've overdone it, rather than experiencing DOMS like a grown up, they'll wake up in the night with sore legs.  You do know that we don't entirely know WHAT the mechanism is behind the pain of DOMS, right?  Well, what's going on in kids is interesting because our ability to experience DOMS is something that develops as we mature.  Ergo, if we could figure out what changes we could better understand DOMS.

                           

                           I thought DOMS was caused by micro tears of the muscles? Have I been mislead? 

                          SillyC


                             

                             I thought DOMS was caused by micro tears of the muscles? Have I been mislead? 

                             

                            Um, not sure?  DOMS is pain, right?  And that's a neurological process.  Why the process of exercising leads to the neurological process of of experiencing pain several days later is not all that well understood.  Like, which chemical and which neuron?  My ped said we didn't know.


                            A Saucy Wench

                              When I was a kid I dont recall getting the same kind of sore muscles, but my knees would KILL me when I was trying to sleep.  I didnt get serious muscle soreness until college.

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                              Best Present Ever

                                My 10 year old swims every day, but will occasionally be sore after a particular workout -- sore like rubbing his arm muscles.  Unusual, but happens from time to time.

                                 

                                 

                                My 13 year old daughter started cross fit training two days a week about six weeks ago. She is a competitive swimmer who was already in great shape. Her coach started the team on cross fit to "build explosiveness." She was sore after the first few sessions of cross fit. Now, after  only six weeks of it, she is already stronger and more ripped. But, yes, she was sore.

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