A good at­ti­tude aids re­cov­ery

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How sore you feel af­ter ex­er­cise can de­pend in part on your at­ti­tude to pain. In a study1, ath­letes who scored highly on ques­tion­naires mea­sur­ing fear of pain rated their pain lev­els higher 24 and 48 hours af­ter a hard work­out. In re­hab, ‘over-ex­pe­ri­enc­ing’ pain may re­sult in an in­jured run­ner avoid­ing nor­mal ac­tiv­ity, which de­lays the heal­ing process.

De­grees of dis­com­fort

Is your pain a warn­ing? Phys­io­ther­a­pist Tom Goom (the­p­hys­io­ can help you de­cide

De­layed-on­set mus­cle sore­ness (DOMS) eases in a few days with no treat­ment.

Pain in a ten­don, bone or joint may be of con­cern, es­pe­cially if it lasts more than 24 hours.

Pain you’d rate up to a ‘three out of 10’ is usu­ally noth­ing se­ri­ous if it set­tles quickly.

● Pain you rate higher, or that lingers or re­curs each time you run, needs at­ten­tion.

PAIN, WHAT PAIN? The right at­ti­tude can aid re­cov­ery

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