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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31829206c1
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Can Modified Neuromuscular Training Support the Treatment of Chronic Pain in Adolescents?

Thomas, Staci M. MS1; Sil, Soumitri PhD2; Kashikar-Zuck, Susmita PhD2; Myer, Gregory D. PhD1,3,–,6

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: MANY ADOLESCENT PATIENTS WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN LIVE SEDENTARY LIVES BECAUSE OF DISCOMFORT AND FEAR OF FLARE-UPS WITH ACTIVITY. THEREFORE, BEFORE INITIATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC PAIN WHO ARE INACTIVE SHOULD UNDERGO ADEQUATE TRAINING TO REDUCE THE RISK OF PAIN FLARE-UPS AND EVEN INJURY. IMPLEMENTING A NEUROMUSCULAR TRAINING PROGRAM, WHICH FOCUSES ON GENERAL AND SPECIFIC STRENGTH EXERCISES THAT TEACH PROPER TECHNIQUE AND JOINT MECHANICS, MAY PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE FOR THE DEMANDS OF INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEUROMUSCULAR TRAINING PROTOCOL SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR USE IN THIS CLINICAL POPULATION.

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