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Human Studies

2020 Jul 23

J Sci Med Sport

Interrogating cortical representations in elite athletes with persistent posterior thigh pain – New targets for intervention?


Summers SJ, Chalmers JK, Wallwork SB, Leake HB, Moseley LG
J Sci Med Sport. 2020 Jul 23.
PMID: 32798128.


Hamstring injuries in athletes can lead to significant time away from competition as a result of persistent posterior thigh pain. These cases are often difficult to treat as the state of the tissues alone cannot explain symptoms. In non-athletic populations with persistent pain, disruptions to tactile, proprioceptive, and spatial cortical representations exist, which has led to promising brain-based treatments. Here, we explored whether athletes with persistent posterior thigh pain also display impairments in these cortical representations.