How do players playing high intensity sport don’t have the urge to go to the toilet in the middle of the game?

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How do players playing high intensity sport don’t have the urge to go to the toilet in the middle of the game?

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I can’t speak for all sports, but goalies in hockey and marathon runners just piss themselves. To quote Dr. Malcolm, “you gotta go, you gotta go”.

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When you exercise, your body releases adrenaline into the blood. This is responsible for activating the “fight or flight” mechanism. When this happens, your body prioritizes what areas of your body need blood and oxygen more. Your body isn’t very good at determining if you’re playing sports or running from a bear, so it will respond in essentially the same way. Your body doesn’t need to digest food or make urine when you’re running from a bear, your muscles need that oxygen to run away! So it reduces the blood flow to your intestines and kidneys and shuttles it off to the organs that need it more. For this reason, your body doesn’t produce nearly as much urine or feces during periods of high intensity exercise as it normally would.

Sometimes they do.

But in general, people’s bodies can practice into a window of performance.

So for professionals playing a 45 minute half, they have done it so many times that their bodies ‘know’ how to behave and when to relieve.

I ride mountain bikes, and can ride myself into a place where I don’t need to drink or eat for a ~3.5 hour ride.

But if I took someone out who hasn’t been riding regularly, they are going to suck down at least a liter of water, and need a sweet snack to get through the ride.

I’d say lots factor into this. O e I can think of would be caloric and water consumption. They train enough where they probably k ow how much to put into their system and their bodies have acclimated to it so the need for these and the urgency may be limited or timed that the body recognises when it necessitates release /renewal.

They do. I work for a college football team and we have a tent on the sideline that the players can go in to pee. Also, at halftime, a good portion of the team goes to the bathroom.