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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Endorphins: Free Smack!
« on: October 17, 2006, 08:21:23 PM »

I was under the impression that running had first and firemost to do with the release of endogenous adrenaline and that runners were typical adrenaline junkies.


Running is not considered a "high risk" sport -- and it is the latter that trigger the release of endogenous adrenaline (epinephrine :) So you are correct in that people who engage in extreme sports that cause the release of endogenous epinephrine are epi junkies but not when you say that runners are such. Che Guevara was literally an adrenaline junkie, for instance: danger released the hormone that allowed him to breathe freely.

Be aware, however, that the adrenaline rush in participants of extreme sports is a misnomer, since often the rush or high obtained is also product of increased levels of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.

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