We often witness competitive behavior in male animal world in situations related to either mating or, in most cases, marking territories when they want to show how dominant they are. When they are successful or just want to compete with other males, their testosterone level increases.
When it comes to human world, this hormone acts the same way as in the animal world. Some researches show that when men compete, their testosterone level also rises. However, there are differences in levels, which are related to different processes in human body.
The Adrenaline Rush
During any exercise, adrenaline is released into the blood and the body responds in various ways. For instance, the adrenaline may act as a protection of a person’s body (he or she may feel no pain) in cases of injuries. On the other hand, when the concentration of adrenaline in blood is high, a person is stronger than usual.
When men compete, their adrenaline level rises; they may experience the adrenaline rush – a feeling that gives a person’s strength a great increase. It also gives a boost of energy to a competitor. A boost of energy can trigger the boost of testosterone in blood.
Since adrenal glands produce a certain amount of testosterone, adrenaline can contribute in rising of this hormone’s level, especially in cases of a competition.
WIN VS. DEFEAT
Recent researches state that testosterone level in blood differs among the competitors in sport disciplines; the competitors that won the competition have a higher level of this hormone in their blood in comparison to those that have been defeated.
There is a psychological side of this hormone’s level increase. When challenged, men appear more aggressive and aggression is associated to competitive behavior. As men are naturally dominant, when they are successful in a tournament, the amount of testosterone in their bodies is higher than of those who are not successful.
There are two theories related to this. On one hand, some men experience a rise of testosterone level in their blood when other competitors challenge them, which can bring them an outstanding performance and a victory. On the other hand, the adrenaline rush may cause the increase of a person’s strength, and that can also ensure a victory.
Some studies have found that testosterone is essential if one wants to have his strength increased. Also, men that live and work in competitive environments, tend to have more of this hormone in their bodies, which means that people that compete in various sports will more likely have a higher level of it.