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Why don't I get sore after workouts anymore?

Muscle soreness occurs when the muscle is stressed to the point that it slightly tears, causing what is called delayed onset muscle soreness. Once the muscle is healed, a few days after the initial exercise, the muscle becomes stronger. Repeatedly doing the same exercise routine will not continue to strengthen the muscle, therefore there will be no soreness.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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