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As the Summer Olympic Games return, we are able to witness the incredible capabilities of the human body. From Usain Bolt's 9.81 second sprint to Simone Biles' seemingly effortless, mid-air twists, we watch athletes push the boundaries of the physical body. It is evident that Olympic athletes can not allow pain to stand in their way. This is where we gain respect for not only an Olympic athlete's body, but the athlete's mental strength, perseverance, and courage. Although Olympic athletes have access to massage therapists, chiropractors, trainers, and doctors, they also deal with debilitating pains and injuries that threaten to slow them down.

A Story of Incredible Courage: Jillion Potter

A testament to overcoming adversity lies in the story of Team USA's Olympic rugby player Jillion Potter. Potter suffered a broken neck in 2010 during a rugby game, an injury that could have left her as a paraplegic. After successfully recovering from this critical injury Potter was later diagnosed with Stage III synovial sarcoma in 2014, a form of cancer that threatened to end her life. Instead of being defeated by her hardships, Potter stayed positive and hopeful throughout her intensive treatment and emerged with gratitude for her life. Potter is now playing for Team USA in the first ever women's Olympic rugby tournament this summer in Rio. Potter shows us that despite the pain and suffering we are dealt in life, we have a choice to endure with grace.

A Story of Recovery: Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes is a retired British Olympic runner who won gold medals in both the 800 m and 1500 m races in the 2004 Olympic games. While training for the 2004 Olympics, Holmes suffered several leg injuries and began to feel overwhelmed by both the immense pressure to train and the frustration with her own body for not performing. She later admitted to have been in a deep depression that led her to contemplate suicide. Holmes thankfully sought help and was diagnosed with clinical depression. After overcoming these battles with her own mental illness, Holmes decided to speak out about her experience with depression, self-harm, and survival. Holmes is an example of a public figure that used her trials with pain and hardship to push herself forward while inspiring the people around her to do the same. Holmes has been awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, founded the charity DKH Legacy Trust, taken over as President of the Commonwealth Games, became a dame, and continued her legacy as an accomplished and determined champion on and off the track.

A Story of Determination: Courtney Mathewson

USA Gold medalist Courtney Mathewson injured her neck in 2012 and began to feel slowed down by the constant tension and pain she was experiencing. Mathewson struggled to make it through practice and quickly became emotionally discouraged by the physical pain. As an Olympic athlete it is easy to identify a large fraction of self-worth and sense of identity in general with the physical ability to perform. When these abilities are hindered by injury or even general pain, it is natural to feel emotionally distressed in response. Instead of allowing this to stop her, Mathewson tried DR-HO's Pain Therapy System. Her pain level declined from an 8 or 9 down to a 4 or 5 (on her worst days). Using the Pain Therapy System regularly helped relieve the tension in Mathewson's neck and shoulders, which allowed her to continue to perform at her best. You can watch Mathewson play water polo for Team USA in the Rio Olympic games this summer.

Watch Courtney Matthewson describe her experience using DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System here.

Your Story: Competing Against Your Own Pain (And Taking Gold)

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to recognize that pain can affect your daily life and prevent you from performing to the best of your ability. Whether you are afflicted with arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, or any other number of pain-related conditions, you know that physical pain can lead to mental exhaustion. To overcome pain like an Olympic athlete you must remain positive, persistent, and resourceful in the face of discomfort. Realize that your pain does not control your life or define you, and consult with your doctor in order to find treatments to help reduce your daily pain. DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System worked for an Olympic athlete, maybe it could work for you.

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2009. Independent. "Dame Kelly Holmes: Inspirational tale of a long dark journey."

2016 Meyer, John. The Denver Post. "Surviving a broken neck and cancer, Jillion Potter becomes an Olympian and part of history."

2016 Rubinroit, Seth. NBC Olympics. "Who is Jillion Porter."



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