Athletes need to be aware of the signals their bodies are sending them. Knowing the difference between discomfort and pain could make the difference between getting stronger and getting injured. Discomfort or soreness is a sign that you are doing or recently did something that your body isn’t used to – it’s there but more in the background and often improves with activity. Pain is a signal that something could be wrong and you should decrease all non-essential physical activity until the cause of pain and the appropriate treatment is determined. Pain changes the way you move and doesn’t improve or worsens if you push through it.