The use of neurophysiological tests in integrated diagnostics of the myofascial pain syndrome in athletes

Z.M. Ostapyiak, R.P. Gerich


The aim of the study: to study of electroneurophysiological characteristics of myofascial pain syndrome in athletes. Material and methods. 40 sportsmen, representatives of the 4 sports at the age from 17 to 24 years and 25 healthy volunteers have participated in the study. The global electromyography and the study of the blink reflex have been included in the program of electroneurop hysiological studies in order to assess the polysynaptic reflex excitability of the brainstem. Results. If there is a myofascial trigger point in a muscle, the increased rest activity typе its pathogenic influence on the structures of the central nervous system, and this indicant can be used for objective assessment of the pathological process. The study of the blink reflex data allows to determine the connection of polysynaptic reflex excitability level with the myofascial pain severity in athletes. Conclusions: it has been determined that the global electromyography allows to objectively evaluate the pathogenesis of myofascial pain, and the blink reflex study can serve as an adequate neurophysiological test that reflects the performance peculiarities of the central nervous system suprasegmental parts to assess the blink reflex severity in athletes.


myofascial pain syndrome; electromyography; sports specialization; blink reflex


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