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Triathlon challenge – from craggy to crazzy a different kind of pain management program

Michael G Serpell*

Published: 23 July, 2019 | Volume 4 - Issue 3 | Pages: 050-052

Ironman Wales sept 14th 2014

Sea swim (2.4 mile), bike ride (112 mile) and Marathon (26 mile), all in one day!

There are lessons that the 7.8 million UK Chronic Pain patients can learn from the world of endurance sports, and vice versa [1]. The training, psychological tools and strategies used by athletes to complete an endurance event, are equally relevant for those with chronic pain, who wish to regain some form of “normal” life if treatment therapies have failed [2,3].

This is my reflection of how, using some of the techniques involved in Pain Management Programs, I trained for an Ironman Triathlon in just over one year.

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  1. Astin JA. Mind–Body Therapies for the Management of Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2004; 20: 27-32. PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14668653
  2. Guidelines for Pain Management Programmes for adults. An evidence-based review prepared on behalf of the British Pain Society. https://www.britishpainsociety.org/static/uploads/resources/files/pmp2013_main_FINAL_v6.pdf
  3. National Pain Audit Final Report 2010-2012
  4. https://www.britishpainsociety.org/static/uploads/resources/files/members_articles_npa_2012_1.pdf


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