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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.37 - 2014
ARTICLE – abstract

Analysis of pain threshold and tolerance of super league soccer players

Recep Lokmaoğlu1, Nesrin Yağcı2, Uğur Cavlak2
1 Bursaspor Club 2 Pamukkale University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Denizli, Turkey


The aim of this study is to measure pain threshold and pain tolerance in male soccer players playing in super league and to compare with sedentary healthy male subjects.
Materials and Methods. Thirty-seven male soccer players playing in Denizlispor Club aged 19-32 years an twenty-four sedentary healthy male subjects were included in this study. Pain threshold and pain tolerance were measured from both right and left side upper and lower extremities. In this study, it was used experimental pain by electrical stimulation to measure pain threshold and tolerance. Body Mass Index (BMI) score was calculated for each subject. 
Results. Pain threshold values of the soccer players were found to be lower than sedentary subjects, pain tolerance of the soccer players was found to be higher than sedentary subjects (p=0.0001).
Conclusion. The results obtained from this study indicate that soccer players had lower pain threshold compared with sedentary subjects; however, pain tolerance of the soccer players was higher.
Key words:

soccer, experimental pain, pain threshold, pain tolerance

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