On some level, we all know what stress feels like—a sense of panic, a pounding heart and quicker breath, a notion that we’re overwhelmed and just can’t handle it all. In fact, we “get stressed” so much it seems like we could even call it a worldwide pastime.
But injured athletes might not realize the degree to which stress infiltrates deep within our bodies. The cascade of hormones that triggers our flight-or-fight response, if repeatedly activated, can have real and damaging effects on joints, bones, and other tissues, and impair the healing process. And of course, it unsettles our minds too, affecting our psychological recovery.
In the final episode of Season 1, Cindy and I talk in more depth about the perils of stress for injured athletes—and share a concrete tool to begin neutralizing it.
Here’s a sneak peak:
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