Are You A Canucks Fan? Do You Have A Heart Rate Monitor?

Just Got Them! Heart Rate Monitors to Keep MotivatedMany years ago, I read about a study in which the researchers measured the heart rate1 of recreational hockey players. And I’ve always thought it would be fun to do a similar study on hockey *fans*. Going through the first three rounds of the playoffs and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, I can tell you anecdotally that watching your beloved hockey team in playoff games is hella stressful2. But I am a scientist and we scientist types do not rely on anecdotal evidence. No, we need observable measurements! Thus, I have decided to conduct a little experiment. I – along with whomever I can convince to also partake – shall wear my heart rate monitor for Stanley Cup Finals games 3 and 43. I shall record my average and peak heart rates. And I shall report my findings here, in The Journal of NTBTWK. My recruitment strategy4 has already secured me one participant and I am now expanding my recruitment efforts to this here blog posting. So, here’s the ask:

Are you going to be watching games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final? Do you own a heart rate monitor and would you be willing to wear it during those games? If you answered “yes” to these questions, leave a message in the comments. Or email me. Or Facebook, tweet, DM, IM, text, call, or send me a message via telepathy5.

Also, if you know anyone else who might want to partake in this groundbreaking piece of research, let me know!

  1. And other cardiac measures. []
  2. Yes, “hella stressful” is the technical, clinical term for this condition. []
  3. As we all know the Canucks will sweep the Finals. []
  4. I.e., Twitter []
  5. OK, maybe not that last one. []