Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Peggy Mohr


Muscles -- physiology


Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a common problem affecting many people with active lifestyles - from teenagers all the way to ,the elderly. DOMS is soreness arising from strenuous activity, and peaking in intensity 24-48 hours after the cessation of the activity. DOMS is commonly seen in the clinic and can often hinder a patient's progress in therapy.

, It is well documented in the literature that eccentric exercises promote an increase in the frequency and intensity of DOMS, however, research regarding the metabolic and structural changes of the affected muscles and subsequent effective preventative and treatment strategies are widely scattered. Thus most therapists do not have the time or the resources to track down all the relevant literature.

My objective with this study is to provide a concise and organized reference for therapists in order to assist them and their patients in avoiding the occurrence of DO MS. Also, this paper will provide therapists with information as to the causes and treatment of DOMS so that they may minimize the soreness and functional deficits in their respective patients in cases when DOMS does occur.