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Psychological factors associated with ultra-marathon runners’ supra-normal pain tolerance: a pilot study

There is increasing evidence that athletes have higher pain tolerance than the general population.15,22,39,42,43,50 Supra-normal pain tolerance has been observed in a wide range of athletes, including marathon runners,22 triathletes,15 swimmers,43 rowers,39 ballet dancers,50 basketball players56 and contact sports athletes.42 A recent meta-analysis pooled the results of 12 studies investigating athletes’ pain tolerance and concluded that athletes had significantly higher pain tolerance than normally active controls.

Psychological factors associated with ultra-marathon runners’ supra-normal pain tolerance: a pilot study

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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