PainRelief.com Interview with:
Claire Thornton, PhD
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: There is evidence that high contact athletes (i.e. rugby players, martial artists) tolerate more pain and report pain as lees intense than other athletes. Being able to cope with pain is essential in risky, painful, collision-based sports, yet there is little research into the mechanisms behind intra-athlete differences in pain responses. Use of adaptive coping styles and/or being challenged may impact upon how an athlete performs while in pain.
We wanted to examine performance during pain among different athlete groups to try to understand how pain influences performance while manipulating challenge and threat states.
We split athletes into 3 groups: Experienced contact athletes [>3 years’ experience in the sport], novice contact athletes and non-contact athletes)