Addressing Muscle Fatigue

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mark_Kindy, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    A couple nights ago, I had a long night of playing --- lead for jazz for an hour, and 3 hours right after of pep band (High C's and above not uncommon). The next day (yesterday), had some light trumpet ensemble playing. Didn't reach above an A, and everything was working very well.

    Tonight, I went in to practice, and tried to work on some things that were getting in the upper range, about half an hour or so in, and realized that my muscles were having trouble keeping my corners set. Everything in the staff was working great, but I could feel the tiredness in my muscles when I went up.

    This surprised me, as it's been two days since any major playing. Any suggestions for how long I should expect until my muscles are fresh again? Or any ways to speed up recovery, now or in the future?
     
  2. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Drink lots of water, take some ibuprofen, and rest. Some loose and easy lip flapping couldn't hurt either.
     
  3. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Hey Mark. My guess is that you didn't give your chops enough time to rest the day afterwards. Because of this, on the second day, your chops were more prone to injury.

    The reply by xjb0906 (rest, ibuprofen, fluids) makes sense. You can also try a little ice. However, rest (in other words "time") is the most important.

    Mike
     
  4. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    Thanks to both for your replies. I'll be sure to rest tomorrow, see how that helps, and I always drink fluids. How will ibuprofen help? I'm not experiencing any pain or swelling (not sure if it is an anti-inflammatory anyways, you tell me?)
     
  5. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    I like the Red White & Blue bomb pops after a hard session of playing... but it looks slightly pornographic the way I use it to ice down my chops. I try to do it when no one is around! ;-)

    Mark, I suspect that the rest you should have gotten the day immediately after the hard day of lead & pep band wasn't enough. Probably one or two more will be all you need. Low long tones and low soft Clarke is what I do on rest days.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    +1 on the popsicles and on the low/soft long tones and Clarke's.

    Mike
     
  7. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Tonight I am using cold beer. 2 birds with one stone.
     
  8. Cornetista

    Cornetista New Friend

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    Yes it is, it should help with any swelling or inflamation
     
  9. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    No pain and no swelling? Maybe those muscles are just tired? Not sure. Someone else will have to speak up.
     
  10. gmonady

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    You forgot... "and call me in the morning."
     

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