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. []

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  • You might get to write a follow-up report on average and peak heart rates while rioting and/or jumping off the Lion’s Gate Bridge!

    (Not me, I hasten to add. I have faith. But no heart rate monitor).


  • I sadly do not have a heart rate monitor (well, not any more). I apparently lost it. Boo me. Otherwise, I would take part in this excellent experiment. I do look forward to reviewing the data 🙂


  • I will partake in your study. I understand the difficulty in recruiting subjects and I will do this study. I have a heart rate monitor and I will be watching the Game 4. I need more days before games for my nails to grow in.



  • I have no monitor, sadly, or else I would help. Although last night’s game may not have been the kind of stress you’d been hoping for. What’s the BP level for “despair”, then “resignation”. It was all kinds of yucky.


  • You can count on me for game 4. Sorry about game 3. GO CANUCKS!!!!


  • @Jordan – Awesome! Just send me your peak and average heart rates for the game (and any other interesting data you get)! Thanks!

    @Jane – Thanks!

    @Sarah – Yes, all of my subjects for the pilot study (I’ve decided yesterday was the pilot. Because it’s my study and I’ll prevaricate if I want to) reported flat lining during last night’s game.

    @Cath – I too have faith!

    @Dan – Boo to losing your heart rate monitor. Yay to stats!


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