Jessie McDougall’s MA Thesis Proposal

Abstract: Athletes appear to have higher pain tolerances than non-athletes, but it is not known why (Tesarz et al., 2012). Examining dynamic measures of pain such as conditioned pain modulation (CPM) may help explain the relationship between sport participation and pain tolerance. Athletes appear to have better CPM than non-athletes (Flood et al., 2016), but evidence is still equivocal (Tesarz, et al., 2013). They may also have developed better coping strategies to manage pain (Deroche et al., 2011), however, the impact of coping on athletes’ CPM is not well understood.

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