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?