oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Concepts in pain mechanisms and management
The challenge to understand the somewhat nebulous concept of pain has been around since Aristotle classified it as the ""passion of the soul"", and most athletes will have experienced pain to a lesser or greater degree at sometime in their career. Although there is a clear physiological component as the body responds to some noxious stimuli, as soon as the pain sensation is ï¿½felt' it becomes a personalised experience affected by a multitude of psychosocial factors. The interaction between physiological and psychological factors results in pain being a complex multi-dimensional phenomenon which is not easily understood.
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