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Know Pain, Know Gain

Know Pain, Know Gain! I first read these words, written this way, in a photo of a high school gym where the wrestlers trained. The obvious meaning was that in order to win, one had to experience pain. In my mind, it further lent itself to an acceptance of pain shared by those on the team. Pain does rely on context. The pain an athlete would feel as a result of contorting his body to pin his opponent in order to win a state championship would be welcomed. The pain of a season ending injury would not. That is because pain is not purely a sensory experience. It is an emotional one, as well. I have come to a different understanding of these words. As a physical therapist I work with people who e