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Endurance performance is influenced by perceptions of pain and temperature: theory, applications and safety considerations

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posted on 16.01.2020, 14:11 by Christopher John Stevens, Alexis R. Mauger, Peter Hassmèn, Lee Taylor
Models of endurance performance now recognise input from the brain, including an athlete’s ability to cope with various non-pleasurable perceptions during exercise, such as pain and temperature. Exercise training can reduce perceptions of both pain and temperature over time, partly explaining why athletes generally have a higher pain tolerance, despite a similar pain threshold, compared with active controls. Several strategies with varying efficacy may ameliorate the perceptions of pain (e.g. acetaminophen, transcranial direct current stimulation and transcutaneous electrical stimulation) and temperature (e.g. menthol beverages, topical menthol products and other cooling strategies, especially those targeting the head) during exercise to improve athletic performance. This review describes both the theory and practical applications of these interventions in the endurance sport setting, as well as the potentially harmful health consequences of their use.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sports Medicine

Volume

48

Issue

3

Pages

525 - 537

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature

Publisher statement

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Sports Medicine. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-017-0852-6.

Publication date

2017-12-21

Copyright date

2017

ISSN

0112-1642

eISSN

1179-2035

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Lee Taylor. Deposit date: 15 January 2020

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