ATHENS: Coffee can be an effective antidote to ease post-exercise muscle pain, according to new research. A study analyzing the effects of a caffeine supplement on a condition called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, in nine young women found they reported less pain on days they took a caffeine supplement, equivalent of two cups of coffee followed by the workout.
DOMS is a common pain a day or two among people when they undertake more intense workout than normal. It is caused by eccentric contraction of the muscles as a result of the exercise. During the eccentric contraction, the muscle produces a force while it is being lengthened.
Though researchers have tried several antidotes for DOMS, including painkillers, these have not been found to be effective. Read the rest of this entry »