Pain and Performance

John Heil and Leslie Podlog

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Pain and Performance

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Pain is a prevalent factor in competitive sport and physical performance domains such as dance, military operations, and outdoor adventure activities. This chapter synthesizes pain scholarship from various performance domains, drawing from medical research, sport science, and case study reports to identify best pain assessment and intervention practices. The chapter also examines the function of pain at the extremes of performance. Seven topic areas are covered: the psychosocial/performance literature on pain appraisal and coping, principles of pain science and practice, psychological intervention, psychological perspectives on pain medication, chronic pain and injury, remarkable feats of pain tolerance, and concluding comments and suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Pain; injury; psychology; sport; performance; military; remarkable feats; intervention; assessment; research

Article.  12824 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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