Physical Activity as Cause and Cure of Muscular Pain: Evidence of Underlying Mechanisms

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2017 Jul;45(3):136-145. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000112.


Work-related physical activity (PA), in terms of peak loads and sustained and/or repetitive contractions, presents risk factors for the development of muscular pain and disorders. However, PA as a training tailored to the employee's work exposure, health, and physical capacity offers prevention and rehabilitation. We suggest the concept of "Intelligent Physical Exercise Training" relying on evidence-based sports science training principles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control
  • Myalgia / etiology*
  • Myalgia / therapy*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Physical Conditioning, Human
  • Risk Factors
  • Workplace