Abstract

Opinion

The science of enduring pain. What can athletes and chronic pain patients learn from each other?

Michael G Serpell*

Published: 11 July, 2019 | Volume 4 - Issue 3 | Pages: 043-045

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” Muhammad Ali

What mind strategies can an endurance athlete use to get their body that bit further or faster, to be a finisher? At “top-level” sport, some say it’s all in the mind!! When we push ourselves to the limit, we experience adversity. How and if we overcome that, will define us, and our achievements.

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” William A. Ward (Inspirational Writer)

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