April 2022

What your heart does during the footy

As NRL fans it can be stressful watching your side each week, but what is actually happening to your body during a game?

Over the years I have been left feeling physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of Parramatta games. 

It’s more than 80 minutes of being on the edge of your seat and often with Parramatta, that game is going down to the wire.

But it did get me thinking about what in the actual hell my body is going through while watching the footy.

And that it was probably a lot different to Homer Simpson’s heart attack gif.

It’s not uncommon for me to feel my heart pounding away, particularly towards the end of the game when things are close.

I probably would have set off some alarms when watching Parramatta’s loss to the Panthers in last year’s semi final.

So I set out to do an experiment on myself and find out how hard my heart works during a Parramatta game.

I opted for a Vortec chest strap monitor as opposed to some form of FitBit or watch mounted tracker.

Mainly because I don’t own a watch tracker or anything like that and I wasn’t dropping hundreds of dollars on one for a single game. I also like my analogue watch and that’s not changing anytime soon.

I couldn’t just strap this on for game day though. I needed some form of baseline to measure against.

As NRL fans it can be stressful watching your side each week, but what is actually happening to your body during a game . . .

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