When Do You Start Losing Muscle After Injury?

When Do You Start Losing Muscle After Injury?

How long does it take to start losing muscle if you’ve stopped working out because of injury?

Injury usually puts a muscle to rest—and rest isn’t good for muscles. Research shows that a person at bed rest can lose about 20% of their muscle strength and muscle mass in just one week.

The clinical example we often use is an athlete who’s placed in a knee immobilizer on Friday night for an injury then rechecked on Monday. The circumference of the quad above the knee will have shrunk considerably.

Top tip: If you can move your muscles without pain, do at least a few minutes of light exercise every day.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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