Mindfulness Helps Athletes Improve Pain Tolerance

March 10, 2019

A key state of the recovery process for an injuried athlete, as well as for those athletes who push themselves in training, is the ability to tolerate pain.  A recent study conducted by the University of Kent in England showed that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction—a common meditation technique that utilizes breathing, body awareness and exploration of pattens of behavior, thinking, feeling and action—can help athletes increase their pain tolerance and speed up the recovery process.

In the study, the researchers tested 20 athletes (14 males, six females) who were all in their twenties or thirties who had suffered a severe injury that prevented them from participating in their respective sports for three months or more. The participants were divided into two groups: an intervention group and a control group. The control group received their normal rehabilitation treatment, while the intervention group added a 90-minute mindfulness mediation session once per week for a period of eight weeks.

The reserachers used a Cold Presser Test (a cardiovascular test performed by immersing the hand into an ice water container, usually for one minute, and measuring changes in blood pressure and heart rate) to measured pain tolerance, and series of other activities were used to measure mindfulness, depression, anxiety, stress, and mood.

In comparing the control and the intervention groups, the researchers concluced that pain tolerance increased, as did mindful awareness, in the group that performed the mindfulness meditation sessions.

“Injured athletes can benefit from using mindfulness as part of the sport rehabilitation process to increase their pain tolerance and awareness. Further research is required to assess whether increasing pain tolerance could help in the therapeutic process,” the researchers concluded, as stated in an article on the StudyFinds.org website.

The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Here are four good sources for learning about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:

25 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Exercises and Courses

Palouse Mindfulness



SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

Lockers That Work

Looking for lockers for your team rooms? All-Star sport lockers from List Industries have raised the bar with their quality, functionality, and durability. All-Star locker feature List’s exclusive Hollow-T framing system that has ½” 13-gauge flattened expanded metal sides for maximum ventilation, safety, and rigidity. Plus, interlocking body components create a sturdy sports locker that … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Moving Up to the Pros

After years of success serving the college athletic market, G2L Window Systems got the call up to the pros. A G2L system was installed in one of the suites at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. G2L Window Systems feature frameless, open-air design that allows fans to enjoy the sounds and smells of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Record Boards Suited for the Diamond

Baseball and softball season is just around the corner, so this a perfect time to think about the best way celebrate the accomplishments of these teams. Austin Plastics & Supply offers a large variety of record display boards designed specifically for baseball and softball. Most focus on individual season and career records for pitching and … CLICK TO READ MORE...

MSSU’s Design Continues to Inspire

To this day, Samson Equipment’s completed project at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) remains one of the company’s favorite state-of-the-art weight training facility remodels of all time. Now, the layout serves as inspiration for other athletic departments that wish to fully customize their weight and conditioning facilities and become #SamsonStrong. In the video below, see … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Kansas City Chiefs Show Commitment to Safety

For over 35 years, Allen Wright, Director of Equipment for the Kansas City Chiefs, has watched the sport of football evolve as one of the hardest-hitting sports in the world. With that comes his constant concern over whether he is providing his team with the best possible gear, especially when it comes to helmets. That’s … CLICK TO READ MORE...