Breaking Toes to Achieve Performance Breakthroughs

At the BBC – Paralympic athletes apparently injure themselves to increase performance.  I have to say – damn – not something I would have thought to do.

“When able-bodied competitors engage in hard physical activities like running or swimming, blood pressure and heart rate increase automatically. Athletes with spinal injuries do not get that response. “Boosting” is a short cut to higher blood pressure and the improved performance that comes with it.”

Interesting concept – to boost your adrenaline and heart rate by breaking a bone or two.  Just to achieve improved performance.  Nice that they can avoid the issues that broken toes typically cost.  Shows a different level of dedication than most arm-chair athletes are capable of?

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