| | | | PA Radio – Episode 251: Dr. Adriaan Louw

Author / John

Pain Gainzz

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.


I recommend that you find Dr. Louw’s published research and upcoming seminar dates by going to www.ispinstitute.com.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Anthony Moctezuma on March 26, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    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.

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