Some readers will think of SM practice. The drive of pain to reach sexual satisfaction is one option to use pain in a “positive” way. But that is not exactly the reason for this article. Maybe another time.
Pain is a guideline for many people active in sport. The signs “No Pain, No Gain” are already decennia around in every body building gym. “If it does not hurt, it does not work” is another saying mainly in Martial Arts gyms. On the other playfields we hear “only babies cry” when somebody gets hurt during the training or game. Pain is institutionalized as a sign we enter adulthood of sport”man”ship.
In the past it was a male issue but that has changed in recent years. Also ladies show the toughness of being pain “lovers”. Training to the limit is used to extend your borders and stretch your limits. All in the benefit of sport and performance. Public loves it. During many games the practice of force in different ways, often called aggression, is to please the crowd. Go to any boxing and other full contact ringsport and the crowd is getting wild of what they see. Many actual experience the pain striking punches and kicks. They feel the pain of the other but only for less than a second. It satisfies them, a bit like in SM.
Pain is a sign of life, a clear show of devotion and a promise of improvement. But is this really true? The answer is disappointing. It is “no but….” , not exactly the answer most people are looking for. Pain is a sign something could be wrong but not always. Most pain in sport is suffered due crossing of borders, extending limitations, opening new performance frontiers. When, after you have reached your goal, the pain is a satisfaction as it is a proof of success. Pain is happiness, a sign of power and performance.