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Daniel DeGryse's Blog – June 2016 Archive (2)

A personal discovery about stress and cortisol

By Dan DeGryse

Sometimes it takes an issue hitting close to home to drive change.

That was the case with me a few years ago when I started researching the stress hormone cortisol and its effects on the body. Our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol when they’re stressed and in fight-or-flight mode, which firefighters experience regularly on runs or anytime the bell…


Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Injuries, the job and addiction

Think about your first day on the job as a firefighter.

You’re in your 20s, and maybe you play football or baseball on top of working out three to five days a week. The soreness you felt from wearing the gear and lugging around ladders and hoses all day was a good soreness. Now fast-forward 15 or 25 years into your career, and think about how you feel when you get up in the morning. Do aches and pains slow your ability…


Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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