Athletes, Adapt

During competition, a high jumper may harness adrenaline and nervous energy to increase focus, speed, and force during the jump. Here’s where stress is a good thing. But a little too much stress can cause muscle tension that interferes with the mechanics of technique, resulting in “choking” and a miss. As with competition stress, too much life stress can hurt an athlete’s performance. When bombarded with continuous emotional and psychological stress, the same small dose of hormones