How to Trigger an Adrenaline Rush

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Adrenalin is a hormone which increases heart rate and blood flow and prepares the body to either defend itself or to run--what is often referred to as fight or flight. Many times athletes want to trigger an adrenalin rush just before a contest to give themselves as much of an edge as possible. Frequent adrenalin rushes can be stressful to the heart.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Visualise a past situation in which you were extremely frightened. Try to relive the situation in your mind--visualise every sight, every smell and every sound that made you frightened.

  2. 2

    Visualise a situation in the past in which you were extremely angry. The more vividly you can recall this situation the better. Let the anger flow through your body now.

  3. 3

    Relive a stressful situation. Try to recreate the stressful feelings, recalling situations, lines of dialogue and anything else that caused you to feel as if you wanted to explode--or scream or run away.

  4. 4

    Clench your fists and make grunting noises while forcing air through your mouth or nose in order to "get yourself psyched."

Tips and warnings

  • Once you have created an adrenalin rush use it quickly as adrenalin is a short-acting hormone designed to provide a short burst of energy for the body.
  • Do not create adrenalin rushes on a frequent basis as this could cause permanent heart or circulatory damage.

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