Research: NELSON,

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Abstract

NELSON,  4012 Alesbury Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA. nicolelnelson@att.net reviewed the literature for delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), including the role of psychosocial factors and massage therapy as a treatment.

Background

Despite the widespread occurrence of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), there is little consensus as to the exact cause or which treatments may be most effective at alleviating symptoms. Greater understanding of DOMS can give sports medicine and fitness professionals an opportunity to help prevent or speed recovery of this performance limiting condition.

Methodology

This article will review the DOMS literature, including the potential role of psychosocial factors and explore studies which involve massage therapy as a treatment modality.

Results

Articles from PubMed, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and references from articles are included in this review. Search words and phrases included delayed onset muscle soreness, repeated bout effect, massage effectiveness, exercise induced muscle damage, and eccentric exercise.

Conclusion

References

Nelson N. Delayed onset muscle soreness: is massage effective? J Bodyw Mov Ther. 17(4):475-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 Apr 13. Oct 2013.

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