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#1 Freakshow

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:04 AM

I keep in good shape, i lift weights do situps and jog occasionally. I live in a rather bad neighborhood though and the only chance i have to jog is at night, so i don't go that often. I have very little body fat. My problem is after a day of paintball my legs are sore beyond belief. I just can't understand why, i stretch before a day of paintball very throughly. But its almost debilitating how sore they get. Its right on the top part of my thigh. I just don't get why it happens to me, if anyone could shed some light as to why its happening and how i can rectify it. I would greatly appreciate it.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:07 AM

You seem to lack certain essentials. I forgot the name though, it's on the tip of my tongue/fingers. Gah, ask a doctor about it.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:09 AM

Ha, that was extremely helpfull (Are there two L's or one in helpfull?) I would but doctor's are expensive so I was hoping someone here could shed a little more light on the situation.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:08 AM

The soreness is from lactic acid buildup in your quadriceps. (the top part of your thighs)
--- how often do you play? Like once a week? And do you stretch after? Do you eat anything w/ protien after you play?

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:18 PM

I play atleast once a week if i can afford it, sometimes once every other week. I stretch before and sometimes after, but usually it sets in about an hour after i get home from the field (its an hour drive from the field) so about two hours after i stop playing. It depends usually on paintball days i just cook up some pasta as its easy and tasty!
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:32 PM

I'd say your problem is the long time spent in a sitting position after being fairly active. As Crazy Smurf said, "do you stretch after" playing for the day? It kinda sounds like you're giving your muscles a decent workout, but instead of slowing the pace towards the end to let your muscles cool down you're just calling it quits and sitting on your ass for an hour causing your muscles to stiffen up and become score.

I haven't a clue if any of this makes sense to anyone other than myself, but after reading it myself I know I just didn't word everything right, but I'm not sure how to either. I sure hope others understand what I'm trying to say.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:37 PM

Eveybody reacts differently to bodily exertion. What is most likely happening is when your playing your isolating those muscles, generally by standing in positions you don't normally stand in, behind trees or bunkers, sitting in squatting positions, walking hunched over or low to the ground or sprinting quickly from stopped positions. What can help this is stretching after, w/in 10-15 minutes. Even if all your doing is standing next to a table talking with people or next to your car. Simply stand on one foot and pull your other up and crab it w/ your hand and let it stretch out for a minute or so. That should help to get rid of some of the building acid. Also, if you can, stop and get something w/ some protien in it. Carbs are good to replenish some engery and sugars you used when running but your legs are looking to get some protien to start rebuilding the muscles you worked out. Generally you need to get that w/in the hour you stop playing or using your legs.

Like I said, everyone reacts differently. But most likely your simply doing thing w/ your legs when you play that you normally don't during the rest of the week. Even if you jog periodically or lift weights, its still different motions and movements from actually using them.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:08 PM

Alright il be sure to stretch more often and eat the protein. Thanks! I really appreciate it.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:16 PM

Sure, no prob

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:55 PM

make sure you stretch AFTER paintball, just like biking you need to stretch before and after so you are more flexible and not to get sore
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:01 PM

I used to be really fit. still am. But I always feel sore on my legs after a day of play. It is the awkward positions that you are not used of that makes it harder. Like if you were just running it wouldn't be as bad but when you're like sitting in the air for the most part, it is a different story. You try to get that perfect angle on an opponent, you gotta use your legs for support whether it be fully standing, or like somewhat sitting in the air(dunno how to explain) just to be unpredictable on where you snap. and also being in a crouching position for a very long time is really uncomfortable..

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:10 PM

I used to be really fit. still am. But I always feel sore on my legs after a day of play. It is the awkward positions that you are not used of that makes it harder. Like if you were just running it wouldn't be as bad but when you're like sitting in the air for the most part, it is a different story. You try to get that perfect angle on an opponent, you gotta use your legs for support whether it be fully standing, or like somewhat sitting in the air(dunno how to explain) just to be unpredictable on where you snap. and also being in a crouching position for a very long time is really uncomfortable..



Right. You may notice when you hold your body in an abnormal position for several moments you'll feel your muscles twitching to keep balance. These musles are constantly fighting to keep your body in the same position. You generally don't work those the same way in normal activities. This is the same reason why free wieghts are generally more difficult than machines.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 05:55 PM

Run more...
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:49 PM

Doing lighter exercises during the week to work out your quads will greatly reduce the pain you feel in them after playing paintball. Exercising your quads will increase their ability to handle the lactic acid that builds up after they are exerted from paintballing. Do some squats and lunges during the week. Go easy the first time, then the next do more / use some extra weight. You might be a bit sore the next day at first but after a few exercise sessions you will notice that you can go longer and longer without getting sore in your quads.

Even riding a bike will help. I used to experience the same thing that you're feeling after playing paintball. Now that I ride my bike to work and school every day I have very little soreness in my legs no matter how hard I play.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:14 AM

Alright thanks for the advice everyone. And texas i jog at every oppertunity atleast three miles. I would say about once a week. If not i go to the gym. But i appreciate the advice anyway.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:55 PM

Make sure you warm down properly after playing...

try jogging lightly half way around the outside of the playing area and walking the rest don't stop to switch between paces.

after this then stretch each major muscle for 30 seconds... yes 30... so basically do each stretch for 30 seconds.

and then walk around the outside of the field again...

The principal behind this is to ensure you get a proper warm down, getting rid of any lactic acid and the jogging/walking combined with the stretching will help ensure your muscles don't tighten up.
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:25 AM

might be dietary since it is focused in your quads or you need to stretch after you get home b4 you go to bed. or try stretching your quads better before
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:44 PM

Alright thanks for the advice everyone. And texas i jog at every oppertunity atleast three miles. I would say about once a week. If not i go to the gym. But i appreciate the advice anyway.


You're obviously fit, the problem must be dietary. Pretty sure what Ced was thinking of earlier is potassium. You need it, so grab a couple bananas before you play and see if that makes you feel better. A trick to help soreness is to lay on your back and sit with your legs straight up in the air, getting some lactic acid out. Worked for me.

Or, heck, maybe it's not even a problem. Running hard all day long is bound to make you sore.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:25 PM

I keep in good shape, i lift weights do situps and jog occasionally. I live in a rather bad neighborhood though and the only chance i have to jog is at night, so i don't go that often. I have very little body fat. My problem is after a day of paintball my legs are sore beyond belief. I just can't understand why, i stretch before a day of paintball very throughly. But its almost debilitating how sore they get. Its right on the top part of my thigh. I just don't get why it happens to me, if anyone could shed some light as to why its happening and how i can rectify it. I would greatly appreciate it.



stretch afterwards too and maybe even do a cool down of some sort
also make sure you eat alot of protein so you muscles can restore themselves properly =)
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:25 AM

I typically run about once a week, anywhere from 7-10 km (or 4.3 - 6.2 if you're American) and one of the best, tastiest, and inexpensive ways to get protein is chocolate milk. I just go to the store buy a medium sized chocolate milk. I don't really know what the soreness is from, my guess would be the stretching and Lactic acid build up as a few said above, but if the problem is in the protein, I'd drink chocolate milk. Hope it helps man. Good luck!


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