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Active Voice: The Influence of Weight on the Pain Response After Exercise in Adolescents

from By Stacy C. Stolzman, Ph.D., P.T. and Marie Hoeger Bement, Ph.D., P.T.

Stacy C. Stolzman, Ph.D., P.T. Marie Hoeger Bement, Ph.D., P.T.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Stacy C. Stolzman, Ph.D., P.T., is a pediatric physical therapist and post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This study was part of her dissertation work through the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences Ph.D. Program at Marquette University. Her research examines the influence of anthropometrics on health status and response to exercise in pediatric populations.

Marie Hoeger Bement, Ph.D., P.T., is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. Dr. Hoeger Bement’s research focuses on the pain-relieving benefits of exercise in healthy and patient populations, including the contribution of age and physical activity levels.

This commentary presents the views of these authors in a research article published in the November 2015 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

While a large body of literature shows that exercise decreases pain in adults, there is limited evidence in pediatric populations. Even more surprising is the lack of information regarding the influence of weight status. This is problematic because individuals with increasing weight status (overweight and/or obese) tend to report more pain in general and with physical activity than normal weight individuals. Thus, in our study reported in the November 2015 MSSE, pain reports were measured before and after exhaustive treadmill running in both normal weight and overweight/obese adolescents. more

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