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AJC Cuddy and others produced a number of papers from around 2010 on the benefits of power posing which demonstrate some 'life' benefits and include reduced cortisol levels (stress hormone) , a boost in testosterone and the inclination to take greater risks. This was shown to help with stressful situations like job interviews. There is a good TED talk/video on youtube which describes this far better than I can.
I coach triathlon and racing involves some hanging around before the gun goes off and then a mass start where all hell breaks lose and in some cases thousands of athletes take to the water at the same time. The washing machine effect, the race conditions the weather and the fact you have a tough bike and run following can cause a lot of stress.I've been encouraging my athletes to do 2 mins of power posing prior to their race, as part of there warm up routine. Power walk to the line. Generally athletes find this hard to accept as a possible performance benefit and look at me like I am stupid. But some have tried this with some anecdotal reports of success. That is they felt less stressed and had a good race.
I'm sure we all know that testosterone is a performance enhancing drug so naturally boosting this is something to be aware off. My athletes are not elites so there is little chance of being tested so i am not so concerned.
Has anyone else tried this to reduce stress or increase performance?
Has this been lab tested for performance enhancement?
Hey Gordon, be careful as the research behind this has been debunked by even the co researcher herself. A quick goggle and you can see morehttp://fortune.com/2016/10/02/power-poses-research-false/
A lot of the psych research has come under question lately, so I think it's important that we as coaches draw marginal conclusions without advocating the science/factual side of it. The issue seems to draw from the own researcher looking for the answers they hope to see when undertaking the research. If you have read thinking fast/slow by Daniel K, he is obviously a brilliant scientist but himself got caught with some of the priming research being unable to replicate. We are complex biological systems and in the end some of the complex things we try and make simple 'facts'/ conclusions are not really there but the result of looking at a population and things pop out (especially if you are looking from them). Ted talks are though a great place to stimulate thinking!
Good points Luke, but the endocrinology would be hard to fake, I wonder what went on. If cortisol was down and testosterone up that would be useful to athletes.I looked at the peer reviewed article, I have to trust the people who know more than me. But if people 'fall' for this and it works for them then the objective is achieved. A bit more Derren Brown than science possibly?
In the end it does no harm so I will keep it in for now.
A couple of thoughts.
Anyone read the 'pressure principle'? C to the J??
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