Cognitive and Behaviorist Studies
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
The brain can release adrenaline as a subconscious response to a situation that makes you fear for your life, excitement, or the anticipation of participating in a competitive sport or artistic performance such as a concert or stage production. Adrenaline and epinephrine refer to the same naturally occurring hormone. Epinephrine is the official name for the hormone that is adrenaline. Epinephrine is the term commonly used in the USA; however, adrenaline is more frequently used term in other areas of the world.
Sometimes we also refer to the
excitement, aroused state of anticipation, feeling of exhilaration, and
power experienced in highly stressful or exciting situations as an
"adrenaline rush", but may not actually be a result of the release
of the hormone.
There are thrill seeking
athletes who participate in X-Games events and other activities such as
extreme motor racing, bungee jumping, skydiving, base jumping, or other
activities that reasonable people feel are too dangerous and risk
serious injury or even death for the participants.
Effect of Stress
rush is the feeling and reaction that is brought on by a surge in the
secretion of the stress hormone adrenaline (also called epinephrine)
along with noradrenaline/norepinepherine into the blood system.
These hormones, released from the adrenal glands, increases the heart
rate causing more oxygen- ated blood reaching the brain which produces
the "adrenaline rush" that is responsible for a temporary increase in
strength, faster response times, and other feats that people are not
normally able to do.
Note: The terms norepinephrine and noradrenaline are widely used interchangeably to refer to a group of neurotransmitters classified as sympathomimetic agents that mimic the actions of the sympathetic nervous system.
Caution - Individuals
who pursue the participation in activities that are
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