Is that pain something I should be concerned about?

Is that pain something I should be concerned about?

This topic was derived from some of my experiences this week.  I got to thinking about pain and how we do or do not treat it.  I love sports, but I am by no means an athlete.  I am not sure if my feelings and experiences on this topic are something normal to me, to guys in general or to anyone who is involved in sports regardless of gender.  Growing up, I always believe that to express that I was in pain was a form of weakness and that admitting it somehow made me less than a man.  I had believed that a person cannot progress without pain.  We even hear the term "no pain, no gain" coming out of the mouths of coaches, teammates, expressed on tee-shirts and other merchandise.  We are taught from an early age, that pain is something to be embraced, but at the same time to not talk about it.  If you were to talk about it, then you are weak or somehow less than what you were a moment before.…