So before yesterday I was getting ready for an important practice (for today). I did some pushups and sit ups. Then I moved on to legs and did 60 squats and toe ups on each foot. Yesterday I wake up with awful pain in my thighs and when I bend my knees there is more pain. Today, I wake up and its even worse but by only a bit. My practice is in two hours and if I don't show up, I donít make the team and have to go back to initiation. (Yes, this is my first year.) What's the problem, what do I do?
Sounds like you over worked the muscles. I'm not a Dr though, but if it's both legs I'm guessing it's likely not a tear or anything major.
Stretch out your legs the best you can.
Maybe take some Advil or Tylenol. I'm not sure which is best for muscles.
Have you been doing squats before the 60? Or did you just try doing that many for the first time?
I've done similar with my arms and legs doing karate and wrestling. I remember doing too many pushups one night, and the next few days I couldn't bend my arms past 90 degrees. Sucked trying todo anything.
Not much you can do, other than stretch, do your best, then let them recover from the workout.
Drink plenty of water and light stretching might help. Ice will help alleviate the pain a bit. Eat a banana -- the potassium might help. But explain things to the coach when you get to practice. I'm sure he'll give you points for being enthusiastic.
In the future don't do any heavy exercise the night before a big event like this. Sometimes the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) lasts for two days.
While I can..... I got a game Saturday, lol. I'm pretty proud of my self. This was my first year playing hockey so I went to initiation for 3 months and worked my ass off. Now I'm going to play in a bantman house league with guys that have played for like 4-6+ years.
The best way to help over workness of muscles, especially in your legs I find is to do some light cardio. Im guessing they were more less sore/stiff from a tough work out. Another great way avoid the situation is stretching/light cardio at the end of a work out. Plenty of water helps as well.
I've heard/read it's good todo both. Ice to reduce swelling. Heat to get the blood flow going. Alternate between the two.
One gym I was at had a steam sauna with a cold water hose in it. It was awesome after a workout. Sit back and stew for a few minutes, then hose down whatever aches ya got with cold water. Then back to stewing. Felt great after a workout.