Author’s Reply to Cheung et al. Comment on: “Endurance Performance is Influenced by Perceptions of Pain and Temperature: Theory, Applications and Safety Considerations”
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The praise by Wallace et al.  relating to our review  is humbly acknowledged and well received. Indeed, it is hoped the review will be useful in practice whilst providing impetus for further relevant research. We agree with Wallace et al.  that future research could focus on ways to affect an individual’s mental state relative to augmenting endurance exercise performance in the heat. Psychological skills-training (motivational self-talk) described by Wallace et al.  has efficacy in this regard. Other techniques may also be of benefit; in a case study, an ultra-distance runner used visual imagery (imagining running through ice and snow) and kinaesthetic imagery (pretending to feel very cold) in order to cope while running 800 km in 20 days through very hot North American deserts . By diverting attentional focus from the pain and discomfort, there was (allegedly) maintenance of performance despite challenging conditions. Consequently, one avenue worth...
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Christopher Stevens, Alexis Mauger, Peter Hassmèn and Lee Taylor declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.