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Trigger Points

You must compose your class paper using Microsoft Word. Your paper must follow the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). The grading of the format of your paper will be based on the standards and formatting of APA style. You are responsible for submitting a properly formatted paper.

Trigger Points

Your Trigger Points Research Paper, which should be 15-20 pages in length, should be organized in the following manner:

  1. Title Page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction - This section should explain why you selected your topic and how you gathered requisite information about it.
  4. Literature Review - This section is written as a result of information gathered from reading various journals, reports, books, new releases, internet sources, and other sources such as personal interviews.
  5. Summary and Conclusions
  6. References

Paper Topic Proposal

Paper Topic:
1. Trigger Points: An Overview of Causes and Treatments.

Introduction to the Topic:

  • Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive micro-trauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points.
  • As a professional athlete and trainer, I have a sincere interest in understanding the potential causes, harm from and management of trigger points.
  • In general, I would like to address:
    a. What are trigger points
    b. Causes of trigger points
    c. Possible effects of trigger points on athletes
    d. General treatments for removing and/or managing trigger points
    e. Use of exercise in preventing trigger points

Brief Outline for Trigger Points Research Paper:
The following is a very rough outline of how I expect to organize the paper.

  1. abstract
  2. Discussion of how and why I choose this topic
  3. Why I believe this information is useful
  4. Overview of the available literature, including:
    a. Medical/ Physiological overview of trigger points.
    b. Known Causes of Trigger Points.
    c. Active vs. Latent
    d. Tender Point vs. Trigger Point
    e. Possible effects of trigger points on the general population and on athletes specifically.
    f. Treatments for removing / managing trigger points.
  5. Do trigger points pose a particular problem for athletes?
  6. Can exercise be used as an effective tool in preventing /managing trigger points?
  7. Summary and Conclusion of the above information
  8. Sources

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