Enhanced pain modulation among triathletes: A possible explanation for their exceptional capabilities

http://www.painjournalonline.com/article/S0304-3959(13)00339-4/abstract

> The results suggest that triathletes exhibit greater pain tolerance and more efficient pain modulation than controls, which may underlie their perseverance in extreme physical efforts and pain during training/competitions.

Duh! People’s pain tolerance varies widely, so it’s no surprise that intense physical activities would be practiced only by folks with high pain thresholds. That’s why, no matter how hard you try, you can’t succeed at an activity that regularly pushes you past your personal pain threshold.

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