Welcome Pain


I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Muhammad Ali

Athletes and coaches have known the truth about hard work and pain for a long time. However, with a recent discovery highlighted here (https://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/study-considering-pain-good-makes-it-more-tolerable) adds scientific weight behind the importance of having the right attitude during tough/painful training. I have for a long time told my athletes to welcome soreness and not to shy away from it! Understanding the new discovery about pain it is important to get your kids to accept pain sometimes associated with tough work.

Coaches note: If your athlete has bilateral pain it is less likely to be an injury then unilateral soreness. Bilateral is often DOMS and unilateral needs more attention as it could be the onset of an injury.

Ryan Banta

Ryan Banta

Ryan is a successful high school coach. His athletes have achieved 76 school records, 2 top four finishes at the state championships, 3 district championships, 107 state semi-finalist (sectionals), 63 state qualifiers, 2 state records (3200 and 4x800), 14 national ranked events, 34 all state performances, 8 state champions, 7 runner up performances, and 2 Gatorade athletes of the year. Ryan is a USATF level II coach in the sprints, hurdles, relays, and endurance and recently earned a USTFCCCA track and field technical coaching certification.
Ryan Banta


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