Scientists name Gloucester fans the most passionate
April 30, 2012
Gloucester supporters have reason to celebrate after scientists labelled their fans the most passionate © Getty Images
Supporters of Gloucester have been declared the Aviva Premiership's most passionate fans, according to scientists.
In a season-long experiment by Premiership Rugby, scientists carried out psychological and physiological tests on fans from all 12 Premiership clubs. The supporters' heart rates, anxiety levels and hormone release through saliva were all monitored.
Scientists deemed Leicester's 30-25 win over the Northampton Saints as the most exciting match of the year with Gloucester's derby against Bath the loudest. And the highest heart rate from a fan was achieved by a Chiefs supporter in the dying seconds of their epic 31-26 win over Worcester this month.
The research was carried out at the University of Bath and their director of research for psychology Dr.Mark Brosnan said: "All the tests were formulated and set up to give the best indication of the stresses and emotions fans go through when watching a game of rugby.
"There's no doubt that the more passionate you are about a team, the more involved you will be on an emotional level - and this is exactly what this experiment found. We were surprised by just how passionate some of the fans were. Some of the surges in heart rate and testosterone are the biggest we have seen.
"Previous research has examined these factors in players - and it's fascinating to see that fans go through similar psychological and physiological processes as the players on the pitch".
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