Differences in Pain Perception Between Amateur and Professional Muay Thai Fighters


Muay Thai
pain perception
Modified Cuff Pressure Test
Cold Pressor Test

How to Cite

Gwadera, J., & Mosler, D. (2024). Differences in Pain Perception Between Amateur and Professional Muay Thai Fighters. Sport and Tourism Central European Journal, 7(2), 103–120. https://doi.org/10.16926/sit.2024.02.05


Muay Thai is a martial art that involves close combat, utilizing punches, elbows, knees, and kicks. The combat format is strictly fullcontact. The objective of this study is to show how training in Thai boxing influences the development of pain perception among practitioners. The study group consists of 20 male athletes, aged at least 15, with a minimum of 6 months of training experience. Measurement tools include a thermometer, blood pressure monitor, stopwatch, and a vessel with cold water. The research methods employed were the Modified Cuff Pressure Test and the Cold Pressor Test. The study found out that after a training session, the average pressure tolerance in the Modified Cuff Pressure Test increased, indicating a heightened pain perception. Specifically, the mean tolerance for arm pressurewent from 255.0 mmHg before training to 270.3 mmHg after, and for leg pressure, it increased from 228.3 mmHg to 250.8 mmHg post-training. In the Cold Pressor Test, pain perception remained unchanged, with no significant variation in tolerance observed before and after training units. Training in Thai boxingmay lead to a partial increase in tolerance to physical pain, especially immediately after a training session.