Devoted football fans bear such dangerous levels of stress that it can lead to high blood pressure and risk of suffering heart attack. The revelations are made in a study by The Oxford.
Levels of the hormone cortisol were found to skyrocket dangerously during matches, The Oxford has found in the study. The lost game put more stress on the heart and raise blood pressure.
“Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,” says Dr Martha Newson, researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, at Oxford.
“Fans who are more casual supporters also experience stress but not so extremely.”
The conclusions reportedly was drawn after the saliva of 40 Brazilians fans was tested before, during and after important FIFA World Cup matches. These also included Brazil’s notorious 1-7 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. The results revealed sudden rise in the levels of hormone cortisol, which could lead to high blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack.
The researchers found similar of stress and results among men and women.
“Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,” BBC has quoted Dr Martha Newson as saying. Dr Newson is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, at Oxford.
“Clubs may be able to offer heart screenings or other health measures to highly committed fans who are at the greatest risk,” suggested the doctor.
Dr Newson suggested stadiums should dim the lights and play calming music after crunch games.