Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Chapman access only poster or presentation

Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Robin Kish


Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is pain that starts 24-48 hours post-activity, and is the most commonly experienced non-injury pain in dancers. Causes of DOMS are not yet understood, but speculation includes lactic acid (movement-induced metabolic waste) build-up, inflammation, and muscle damage. Current treatments for DOMS focus on creating lymphatic movement and raising blood circulation in order to promote healing. They are sorted into two categories: active and passive techniques. Active recovery consists of continuing exercise at a lower impact, while passive techniques consist of various strategies to relieve the pain while allowing the muscle tissue to rest. Through an extensive literature review and a series of qualitative studies, this poster presents the pros and cons of various rehabilitation techniques to facilitate healing and offers suggestions to prevent and treat DOMS for all dancers, athletes, and movers.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.

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