I'm not quite sure if you guys have heard about this.
According to the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), there really is no universal way of "curing" DOMS (as you may have already know, DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). There is, however, a phenomenon that allows you to almost permanently eliminate its occurence. It is known as the "decreasing bout effect." It is believed (by the NSCA) that through consistent utilization of a certain workout regimen, the occurence of DOMS will gradually disappear.
Here's the question though, "Why would I care about muscle soreness? Can't I just walk it off, man up, and squat while my lower back feels like shit?"
NO! DOMS causes temporary decrementation of strength (which most, if not all trainees for strength sports considers to be "overreaching" or "performance regression."). By eliminating DOMS, you get to keep yourself from suffering from its negative effect. For olympic weightlifters who train up to 3 times A DAY, this should be of topmost priorty. IF YOU WANT YOUR BODY TO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FORCE, THEN YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE IT PRODUCE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FORCE AND BEYOND. This is impossible to accomplish if the respected trainee is currently in a state of extreme soreness. As we all know, adaptations are specific. (you improve your pressing strength by pressing, you improve your squatting strength by squatting.) An olympic weightlifter cannot train properly if he/she is experiencing DOMS. He/she will not be able to induce the type of stimulus that he/she needs to impose to his/her body to improve in his/her respected (and all powerful) sport.
less DOMS = less fatigue
less fatigue = more capability of doing extra training sessions
more capability of doing extra training sessions = more powerful training stimulus
more powerful training stimulus = more strength (when recovered)
more strength = better olympic weightlifter...
...wouldn't paying attention to methods that minimizes DOMS be of significant importance in the improvement of our work capacity? Maybe (just maybe) this thing about DOMS elimination may provide several clues as to how we can systematically build enough work capacity to impose much more powerful stimulus that can make us exponentially stronger? Maybe (just maybe) the elite weightlifters (of today, yesterday, tomorrow, drug-free or not) have already figured this out? There's a similarity between having out bodies adapt to the high demands of training with having our body acquire the capability of minimizing DOMS. Rome wasn't built in a day, and so is our ability to handle intense training.
...Another question... Does CNS fatigue have any correlation with the over production of lactate?