10/18/2012 11:56 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2012

Can Athletes Handle More Pain?

We see it all the time: The NFL running back who's tackled by a 270 pound linebacker; the ultra-marathoner who pounds through 100 miles of trails; and the soccer striker who battles injury and dominates the Olympic Games. So what helps athletes who get knocked down get back up again? Scientists have found compared to the average Joe, athletes certain cognitive strategies that help them deal with the pain.

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