chapter  3
Exercise-induced pain
A psychophysiological perspective
WithAlexis R. Mauger
Pages 12

Vigorous exercise causes naturally occurring pain (exercise-induced pain: EIP) that is usually proportional to exercise intensity and/or exercise duration. Although not a threat to the body, this EIP may cause fatigue due to increased afferent feedback and/or a psychological drive to escape the pain. Therefore, tolerance of EIP is an important determinant of success, which is evidenced by better-trained individuals having a higher pain threshold and aerobic training causing an increase in pain threshold resulting in an improved endurance performance. The importance of pain tolerance to optimal endurance performance is, however, likely dependent on individual characteristics and the context and type of exercise performed.