Study Claims Long Distance Runners Have Highest Pain Tolerance


Who would you put at the top of the list? MMA? Boxers? Football Players?

Nope. Apparently when it comes to high pain tolerance, long distance runners have all other athletes beat.


Norway researchers compared pain perception in endurance athletes, soccer players, and nonathletes discovering by no surprise that elite athletes overall have increased pain tolerance, higher pain thresholds, and lower pain intensity. They also discovered that any of the endurance type athletes are apparently the best at 'handling pain.'

The experts claim that this makes sense, as "endurance athletes withstand long periods of discomfort," and they believe psychological traits may also play a role. (via Newser)

All the findings listed HERE.