Welcome to Episode 198 of the Healing Pain Podcast. We're doing a little bit of a pivot. Historically, we have focused on the treatment of chronic pain mostly in populations of people that have conditions or diseases that contribute to the chronification but persistence of pain. We're looking at athletes, how they respond, and cope to pain specifically how contact and non-contact athletes cope with pain. As you’re reading and our expert guests, take the time to consider, is there something that you learn that you can apply to all different types of people with pain, not just athletes, but those who are non-athletic and you're helping them to promote some exercise or physical activity in their life to help them overcome chronic pain?
Joining me to discuss athletes and pain is sports psychologist, Claire Thornton. Claire is PhD examined athletes and pain with a focus on contact athletes specifically Rugby, American football players, and martial artists. Her main research interest centers around pain responses within this population in terms of pain tolerance, pain coping styles, challenge and threat perceptions and performance. Without further ado, let's begin. Let's meet Claire and discuss how different types of athletes cope with pain.
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