There are a large number of things that can affects a sports persons reaction time such as fatigue, alcohol, lack of sleep and dehydration, but for otherwise healthy alert sports people probably the most common and significant yet overlooked cause of slow reaction times and slow reflexes are myofascial trigger points. A study published in the British Journal of Applied science and technology found that active trigger points slow the response of a muscle by over 100 milliseconds (one tenth of a second). To put this into perspective if Rafael Nadal was facing a 200kph serve the ball would travel over 5.5m during those 100 milliseconds.
In this article we will briefly discuss what trigger points are and what the study found, then what you can do to eliminate any trigger points that may be affecting you.
Summary of effects of trigger points on reaction times
The effects of trigger points on sports performance and injuries
What are trigger points
The treatment of trigger points