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Karen Psimas

Athletic Trainer and Wellness Coordinator, The Therapy Network, VA Beach

Trains all new rehab technicians hired by The Therapy Network

Worked with Old Dominion University

Member, National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

BS, Athletic Training/Exercise Science, Ithaca College, NY


Karen Psimas: Healing Your Sore Spot

By The 700 Club Muscle soreness/pain is brought on by overexertion of the muscles during strenuous activity to which we are unaccustomed. It is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically demanding work.

Karen says, “one of the most common misconceptions about exercise is that people often feel if there is no pain involved then there is also no gain.” This misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. She says, although a little soreness is expected when starting a workout program or increasing your program intensity, it should never be more than mild.

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is usually felt 12 hours after the strenuous activity is completed, and its intensity peaks between 24 and 48 hours after the activity. Recent studies are showing that DOMS appears to be caused by minute tears in the muscle tissue itself, the tendons that connect the muscle to bone, or both. These tiny tears can lead to inflammation, as well as the muscle tension and stiffness we feel when we’re “sore.”

Karen says some muscle soreness can often be severe enough to deter people from continuing their exercise program. Muscle soreness can also be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections (including the flu) and disorders that affect connective tissues throughout the body.

Karen Psimas comes from New Rochelle, New York. She has been an assistant athletic trainer in colleges and high schools, including Old Dominion University from 2003-2004.

Karen is heading the Wellness Program at the First Colonial office and is the trainer for all new rehab technicians hired by The Therapy Network.

Karen enjoys running, rollerblading, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

To learn more about muscle pain and how you can overcome it, check out Karen's fact sheet.

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