Adrenalin activates the body Adrenalin activates the body

Any stimulus produces it in even a minimum dose. Exercise and certain emotions enhance it.

Advisor Carlos Andres Ospina – Sportsman

Stress, a scare, an emotion or sports practice are stimuli that in human beings produce a hormone and a neurotransmitter called adrenalin. Its function is to increase heart frequency, to take blood and oxygen to the organism, and to prepare the body to react and be alert in the face of certain situations. Has it ever happened to you that music produces terror in you in certain movies or that you feel an emptiness in the abdomen when you see your loved one. You even paralyze in the face of a possible threat. This occurs because any external stimulus makes the body liberate this substance, informing the brain so that it can react in the best way.

How it works with sports

When you exercise adrenalin makes the vessels close in certain parts of the body such as the face and sends the blood to the brain and the muscles so that they work better. The amount of glucose is also increased; this is the energy that is used in muscular contraction both when you play chess and when you do Crossfit. In this way there is a better response to movement.

When adrenalin is produced it benefits sports practice, for example, motorcycling where greater reflexes are required and an enhanced vision to react with greater rapidity. Thanks to its action the pupil dilates and allows for a greater reception of light. In addition, the body is better ventilated because it increases the respiratory system’s capacity in the face of a greater demand for oxygen that such practice entails.

In extreme sports such as skydiving, rappel, bicicross, parkour or paragliding the production of adrenalin is higher so that the person can have better control of the body when practicing these sports. In football where the sportsperson has to run in an unexpected manner or jump to hit the ball with the head or in automotive sports where the pilot must exert strength with his feet and neck,” explains sportsman Carlos Andres Ospina. In patients with certain diseases, doing exercise improves their condition because adrenalin increases sweating to a degree that depends on the intensity or the stimulus. It also stimulates and increases the filtration of the kidney, improves the production of insulin and the contractility of the heart among other benefits.

Out of bounds

Each individual produces the necessary quantities of this hormone depending on the day, on his routine, the hour at which he practices, his sport and on his physical fitness. Nevertheless, one must worry when the activity or the stimulus he receives surpasses the levels his organism is able to withstand. This would cause excessive secretion, increase of the heart frequency and later, overload of the heart. Hypertension, chronic stress, headaches, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, insomnia and temporary vision disorders, irritability and heart disease are some of the consequences.

Before you initiate practice of any exercise we suggest you carry out a supervised assessment from a sports physician to determine the levels of adrenalin that the organism can handle.

If the gym is the option

Select a place endowed with a qualified team of specialists that can carry out a complete evaluation of your state of health and can supervise your training. It is recommendable to pay a yearly visit to the sports physician for a revision. An amateur sportsperson should consult a high performance sportsman permanently.