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ATHLETES are most likely to sustain physical injuries during times when psychological or social stress is high, according to a new review of evidence by Swedish researchers.

In their meta-analysis of 48 clinical studies published in the journal Sports Medicine, the psychologists found that factors such as relationship stress, lack of sleep and working long hours at the office can trigger the ‘stress response’. In the short term, the rush of biochemicals, including the hormone cortisol, which heightens physical and psychological arousal, acts as a signal for positive physical adaptation.

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EVENTS 16 CROSS COUNTRY GUIDE Six pages of fixtures for this winter ACTION 6 RIO PARALYMPICS Part two of our coverage from Brazil with more medals for GB 40 BRITISH MASTERS Steve Peters, Pat Logan and Arthur Thomson are among the winners PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Coach Insight – James Thie 36 Developing lower limbs stiffness 38 Products – compression garments NEWS 26 Libby Clegg on Rio double 28 Hackers target Olympic champs 28 Tirunesh Dibaba to race in Britain PREVIEWS 55 Preview of the Great Bristol Half-marathon, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On – events coming up REGULARS 22 Young Athlete 24 Your Say 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish
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