Special Issue "Chronic Pain, Brain and Physical Activity"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Santos Villafaina
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Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: chronic pain; fibromyalgia; HRV; exergames; EEG
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Dr. Jesús Morenas Martín
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Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: sport tourism; brain; physical activity interventions; exercise training physical exercise; outdoor activities; outdoor sports; climbing; motor control; biomechanics; recreation and leisure
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Dr. Cristina Maestre Cascales
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Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: chronic pain; physical activity interventions
Prof. Dr. José Carmelo Adsuar Sala
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Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: sport tourism; chronic pain; health-related quality of life; health education; education and innovation; global health; physical and sports activities as a strategy to promote a healthy society; physical activity interventions; exercise training physical exercise; diabetes mellitus
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chronic pain has been recognized as pain that persists passed the normal healing time for more than 3 to 6 months. It is estimated that 20% of people worldwide suffered from chronic pain. There are several health conditions that may lead to chronic pain; thus, these disorders have been classified into seven categories: (1) chronic primary pain; (2) chronic cancer pain; (3) chronic posttraumatic and postsurgical pain; (4) chronic neuropathic pain; (5) chronic headache and orofacial pain; (6) chronic visceral pain; (7) chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Non‐pharmacological approaches, such as psychological or physical, have been investigated. In this regard, physical activity has been demonstrated to be effective in managing chronic pain. However, further studies are needed to deeply explore the effects of physical activity on this complex disorder. Furthermore, there are some chronic health conditions, such as fibromyalgia, where the etiology is already unknown. Therefore, studies that investigate the physiological mechanism behind these conditions are needed.

Thus, papers on this topic are invited for this Special Issue, especially those that study the effects of physical activity on chronic pain conditions and/or brain, studies that explore the etiology of chronic pain conditions, investigations that explore the effects of complementary or alternative physical activity modalities. The following formats are accepted: study protocols, longitudinal studies, cross-sectional studies, case reports, qualitative studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. 

Dr. Santos Villafaina
Dr. Jesús Morenas Martín
Dr. Cristina Maestre Cascales
Prof. Dr. José Carmelo Adsuar Sala
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Keywords

  • pain
  • health promotion
  • quality of life
  • physical activity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Alterations in catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline) and alpha amylase in women with fibromyalgia after a muscle fatigue test
Authors: Vanda Lapao Silva
Affiliation: Portugal

Title: EEG response during a motor creativity test in women with fibromyalgia
Authors: Alvaro Murillo García
Affiliation: Physical Activity and Quality of Life Research Group (AFYCAV), Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Av. De Universidad s/n, 10003 Caceres, Spain

Title: Impact of fibromyalgia on brain structures
Authors: Juan Luis León Llamas
Affiliation: Physical Activity and Quality of Life Research Group (AFYCAV), Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Av. De Universidad s/n, 10003 Caceres, Spain

Title: Age-dependent response to exercise in women with fibromyalgia
Authors: Nuria Romero
Affiliation: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Title: Changes in heart rate variability in fibromyalgia during a muscular fatigue test
Authors: José Alberto Parraca
Affiliation: University of Évora, Évora, Portugal

Title: Muscle oxygen demand in fibromyalgia versus healthy women
Authors: Pablo Tomás Carús
Affiliation: University of Évora, Evora, Portugal

Title: Fibromyalgia, physical activity and brain-derived neurotrophic factor: systematic review and meta-analysis
Authors: Jesús Morenas Martín
Affiliation: Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Title: Impact of TDCs on leg strength in women with fibromyalgia
Authors: Santos Villafaina Domínguez
Affiliation: Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Title: The 3-m Backwards Walk under simple and Dual Task Conditions in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Test–Retest Reliability Study
Authors: Francisco Javier Domínguez-Muñoz
Affiliation: Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Title: TUG-L under simple and Dual Task Conditions in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Test–Retest Reliability Study
Authors: José Carmelo Adsuar
Affiliation: Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Title: Gradual strength training improves quality of sleep, physical function and pain in patients with fibromyalgia
Authors: Cristina Maestre Cascales
Affiliation: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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