Washington: It`s believed that athletes can tolerate more pain than other people. Now, a new study has confirmed this widely held belief and claimed the findings may hold clues for managing pain in the general population.German researchers who reviewed 15 studies involving more than 550 athletes and over 300 non-athletes found that active people perceive pain differently than those who are inactive and have a higher tolerance depending on what sport or activity they regularly undertake.Previous studies on the topic have had mixed results. But the new findings could fuel further investigation into pain tolerance that could help non-athletes, the researchers said."Our analysis reveals that pain perception differs in athletes compared to normally active people," said lead the research, Dr Jonas Tesarz at the University of Heidelberg."Studies in athletes offer the opportunity for an evaluation of the physical and psychological effects of regular activity on pain perception, which might foster the development of effective types of exercise for relief in pain patients," Dr Tesarz was quoted as saying by LiveScience.
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