Via Morten Høegh.
The moment of injury triggers a range of physical and behavioural responses. If tissues are damaged, the healing process begins with inflammation. In many cases this is painful but not always immediately. The first thoughts arise automatically based on the saliency or meaning of the situation and will influence the pain perception. In Messi’s case, the pain was severe, he was holding his knee without knowing the extent of the injury and made a split-second assessment. _Understandably his and the crowd’s thoughts were catastrophic, playing out unimaginable scenarios that provoke further responses in the body. There was silence in the stands by all accounts.
The brain is firing on all cylinders at this point, working out what is going on in the body as it receives danger signals from nerves around the knee. We are unaware of the processing of this information from the body. Blending with existing knowledge and past experiences, the brain responds with a range of protective measures if it deems that there is a threat to the body. This can include pain to attract our attention, spasm to reduce movement of the area, altered movement patterns to escape or protect (e.g. limping) and autonomic responses that are triggered by a perceived threat (e.g. sweating, increased heart rate). Clearly Messi’s brain had decided it was a good idea to protect his knee._
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