A good attitude aids recovery
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 (thephysiorooms.com) 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