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What Use Is Pain ?
What is the point of pain and of what use is it to an athlete?
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 IntroductionUnderstanding pain is a good way to becoming a injury free athete that surpasses the competion and has a sporting career that spans decades.  
  Pain has a number of beneficial uses.  
  1: It tells you when you have overloaded a muscle.  
  2: It says when you have worn the protective coating on a joint too far.  
  3: An ache can say a muscle is under stress.  
  4: Pain when injured as chemicals react with one another during the repair process.  
  5: And more importantly it can tell you when you are ill and need medical attention.  
     
 Types Of PainThe type of pain is important.  
  A dull throbbing or violent pain means you are injured.  
  A shooting pain is more serious and you should stop what you are doing.  
  A constant dull ache, especially after activity, means something is going wrong.  
  Pain when waking up in the morning also says something is going wrong.  
     
 AthletesAthletes have to accept pain. Some more than others.  
  Pain does not always mean you are injured. There are different types of pain and experience tells you which one you are feeling.  
  A common one is lactose acid which if in too large a qualtity can cause muscles to hurt.  
  When this happens once it is not really a problem but if it is happening all the time it would be wise to completly re-examine your training program as it will eventually reduce the time you can spend in your sport.  
 JointsAt the first sign of a joint pain you should STOP training and competing. This can be hard for you to do but your health is more important than your sport and if you do not attend to it straight away as it can usually be fixed unless you keep doing what you are doing in which case within a year or so it could force you to retire from your sport.  
 BonesBone pain comes when Bones are over-stressed. In the case of an athletes that is over 21, the bone has been bent. ( They are not designed to do that once fully grown and hardened.) In many cases this is because the athlete has over-built their body or gone up one too many weight levels.  
     
 Control GuideAlways think of pain as a control guide.  
  If the pain is while or after training, consider reducing what you do, and extending the time it will take to reach your target. This will prevent reptative injury to muscle fibres which cause scar tissue to build up and bit by bit the muscles performance is reduced.  
  If the pain comes after competition you may have to accept it as many athletes will push themselves past their limits during competition but it can suggest your physical condition could be improved in some cases.  
     
 FightersPain is part of a fighters life. However people have different sensitivities. Some feel pain more than others.  
  You know you are extra sensitive if pain causes a blurriness or a feeling of sickness.  
  Whether you are extra sensitive or not, a fighter is well advise to get resistance training to pain and impacts. Depending how much time you are willing to give it will depend how long it takes.  
  You can make yourself immune to pain which many fighters want but it is not wise to make yourself totally immune to pain. You do need to know if you are injured or ill.  
     
 UndefeatedThe highly focused undefeated athlete and/or fighter will do whatever it takes to minimise their pain response. Reducing your pain responses is possibly a good thing for many athletes but it is all down to whether you can take it, because to reduce it hurts a lot.  
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