Most people feel that athletes have a higher pain tolerance in the normal population. We hear stories all the time about athletes playing through pain in an important game in order to help the team. A recent study has actually confirmed this theory as fact.
Researchers out of the University of Heidelberg looked at 15 studies and gathered some significant findings regarding athletes and how they’ve experienced pain. The studies were compiled from numerous countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. The athletes involved participated in endurance sports, strength sports and games sports.
Athletes participating in all sports were found to have higher pain tolerance when compared to the normal population. Just how much of a pain tolerance did depend upon the type of sport being played. Endurance athletes consistently had a moderate tolerance for pain which was greater than the regular population. Team sports athletes also had a higher
tolerance for pain but the results varied a lot.
Statistically the results showed definitively that athletes had a higher pain tolerance then the rest of the population. The implication of this study is possibly that those individuals who are dealing with chronic pain may be much better off participating in regular exercise. This may increase their pain tolerance and allow them to potentially decrease the amount of opiate medication necessary to achieve pain relief.
The authors of the study recommended further research to clarify the relationship physical activity and pain perception. If you live in Florida and are dealing with pain, the Florida Pain Network can help you. The Network connects those in pain with pain relievers including pain management clinics, chiropractors, and physical therapy practices around the state. There are pain clinics in Orlando, pain management West Palm Beach clinics, pain management Tampa clinics, and many more.
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