SUDBURY – Marty Dubuc, Coordinator of the Physical Fitness Management program at Cambrian College, plans to tether five second-year students to heart monitors – all in the name of learning more about how the human body responds to stress – when Canada’s men’s hockey team meets Austria on Olympic ice.
During the match, which takes place Friday, February 14, students will be paired to measure each other’s stress responses, most notably heart rate.
"It’s a novel way to introduce students to the concepts of stress and stress management, and to show them how the body handles stress," Dubuc says. "It also shows them not all stressors are negative. We’re taking learning out of the classroom and simulating a lab environment. This experiment will give them an idea of the extent to which our bodies may react physiologically to psychological stimuli. We hope to see significant changes in heart rate; however some participants may have weaker responses, or perhaps none at all."
Stress management is an important part of healthy living, and this is a unique story that incorporates a local angle on the Olympics. We welcome the media on February 14 to the Student Centre.
What: Canada v. Austria men’s hockey
When: Friday, February 14 at 12 p.m.; Dubuc’s students will meet at noon to watch the puck drop
Where: The Cambrian College Student Centre
Mary Katherine Keown
(705) 566-8101, ext. 7587
Coordinator, Physical Fitness Management
(705) 566-8101, ext. 6243