Author / Cali Hinzman
In the field of sports performance, one particular subject gets a lot of attention. As a coach, when your athlete is in pain alarms start going off and the tendency is to react with the proportionate defcon 1 response. But is that reaaallly appropriate?
This week pain researcher Dr. Adriaan Louw provides some fascinating feedback on the origin of pain and how to manage it’s affects on performance. Some of the knowledge gained through testing people through placebo surgeries, looking at individual pain history, and understanding the relationship between fear and pain will absolutely blow your mind. The takeaway – you CAN manage your response to pain and conquer it, oftentimes, with the simplest steps.
EMPOWER YOUR PERFORMANCE.
I recommend that you find Dr. Louw’s published research and upcoming seminar dates by going to www.ispinstitute.com.
Tagged: Adriaan Louw / Brain / coaching / Discomfort / Injury / mental toughness / Pain / pain therapy / prehab / rehab / Research / Strength
A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.
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I am interested in how much the mindset towards pain can be applied towards skill development and confidence in athletes. Just like listening to someone who thinks popping their back will make them feel better, when an athlete thinks a specific drill will help him get better, maybe listening and putting it into practice could help? When we preface a person that they’ll be sore from a workout, we could preface athletes that they may struggle at first when learning a new skill so they are prepared for it when it inevitably happens.