Effects of Acute Stress on Psychophysiology in Armed Tactical Occupations: A Narrative Review

Mark D. Stephenson*, Ben Schram, Elisa F.D. Canetti, Robin Orr

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Abstract

The ability to perform under extreme pressure is one of the most sought-after qualities in both sports and tactical (military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue, etc.) occupations. While tactical performance relies on both physical and mental capabilities to achieve a desired outcome, it is often hampered by the stressful environments in which these personnel work. The acute stress experienced by tactical personnel can interfere with occupational performance, impacting both physical execution of tasks and decision-making. This narrative review discusses the implications of acute stress on the psychophysiology and physical performance of personnel serving in armed tactical occupations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1802
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2022

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