Excessive team passion cause health problems

It is stated that excessive sports team passion can cause many health problems such as cough, cold, allergy, weight gain and high blood pressure due to stress. Public Health Specialist Faculty Member Dr. Enis Balkan said, “Research shows that the probability of having a heart attack increases in important sport matches. The most reasonable suggestion maybe that people with cardiovascular diseases should not go to the matches.”

In a study conducted with Brazilian spectators during the 2014 World Cup, it was stated that fans who were overly attached to their teams experienced more stress while watching live matches.

According to the results of the research published in Stress and Health Magazine, it was noted that excessive team fanatism can lead to many health problems. It was stated that cortisol, which is a stress hormone, can cause a suppressed immune system (cough, cold, allergy), weight gain and high blood pressure in these people. The previous researches, showed that there was an increase in heart attacks among the fans on important match days.

By saying “The events around us, or our own experiences, sometimes the activities we participate to get excited, can affect our mood, positively or negatively. Our nervous system causes the secretion of hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol when we are excited or during the situations make us feel bad. In this framework, some problems in the health of the fans watching the sports competitions can be seen.” Faculty Member Dr. Enis Balkan told: “For example, in a football game, the fans get angry when their team does not perform as they want. This leads to the release of the hormones we have described above. With the effect of these hormones, breathing speeds up, the number of heart beats increases, blood pressure rises, muscles tighten, changes occur in the digestive system, abdominal pain begins, diarrhea may arise. Again, with this effect, the immune system is suppressed and becomes susceptible to infections.”


By stating that healthy people will not be adversely affected by these changes if they do not last long, Public Health Specialist, Faculty Member, Dr. Enis Balkan said, “However, some pre-existing conditions in the body can cause life-threatening problems during this period as well. For example, research conducted among the audience of important final matches shows that the probability of having a heart attack increases in these matches. Again, in these cases, it is observed that the aggression tendencies increase.”


By giving advises on the things to do in the solution of the subject personally, Public Health Specialist, Faculty Member, Dr., Enis Balkan said, “Learning to deal with stress is to have the knowledge and equipment to manage the stress. It is necessary to keep in mind the commonly used proverb “Being angry make it even worse” and to learn anger management. Nevertheless, it is very difficult not to be excited and affected in environments with large crowds such as stadiums. Despite the resistance, the person feels the same excitement as the crowd within the framework of mass psychology and is affected, annoyed, angered, and even some are damaged. The most reasonable suggestion is that people with cardiovascular diseases should not go to the match.”

Public Health Specialis, Faculty Member, Dr. Enis Balkan ended his words as follows:

"For these situations that are not very easy to solve, the things to be done socially may be suggested as; Taking measures to calm the environment when the tension increases, preventing the polarization of the fans socially, managing the games fairly, creating better environments with the music to be played in the competition environment."

Release date: 26.02.2020