Effect of eccentric strength testing on delayed-onset muscle pain

Erin A. Dannecker*, Patrick D. O'Connor, James W. Atchison, Michael E. Robinson

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This investigation was designed to determine the effect of eccentric strength testing on delayed-onset muscle pain in 20 untrained university students. Initially, eccentric strength testing (5-repetition maximum [5RM]) was performed bilaterally. Next, 1 arm completed 3 sets of 10 eccentric repetitions to induce delayed-onset muscle pain. Then, in a subsequent session, whichever arm previously performed only the 5RM test completed the 5RM test a second time and the 3 sets of 10 eccentric repetitions. Statistical analyses supported significantly increased pain intensity and unpleasantness across 48 hours post-5RM test alone. However, pain intensity and unpleasantness after the eccentric training bouts were significantly lower in the arm that performed 2 5RM tests than the arm that performed only 1. Thus, the eccentric strength testing produced delayed-onset muscle pain and protected against future delayed-onset muscle pain. These effects should be considered when such testing is used in baseline strength assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-892
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Eccentric
  • Lengthening contractions
  • Muscle
  • Reliability
  • Soreness
  • Visual analog scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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