Is it possible to cause structural damage? Yes. I think the key point is to listen to what your body tells you. Force+duration might create compression in the spine (and neck) that does not recover or simply creates nerve irritation. Inflammation can be self perpetuating as muscles tighten up and then sustain compression and irritation. If that is the case, stretching and massage can be useful. Anti-inflammatories can be used, including EFA’s. The healing processes of damaged tissue involve inflammation and swelling that can irritate nearby nerves. Antioxidants may also be useful in limiting the damage from the inflammation.
I don’t think the CNS needs to recover, something may have or continues to irritate nerves. The CNS was not stressed from its actions, but is the passive victim of damage.
If it hurts, don’t do it (again). Welcome to getting older ;)[/quote]
The only structural damage that I think I’ve done is on the achilles tendons. First the left one prior to the meet. Then the right one as well during the meet. But I was told it is normal when doing heavy yokes and to look into heel support from an orthopedic doctor. Which I’ll do after the holidays.
The only other thing is the (erectors?) large muscles on either side of the spine, where tight for a full week. But I can do pretty much what I need to do now. The only thing is, the weight feels twice as heavy with half the weight.
And I want to do it again, only better.