Any significant event in a person's life that may have beneficial or detrimental effects on social relationships and status. Disruptive events, such as loss of job, disability, and bereavement, are called life crises. However, both the apparently beneficial events (such as selection for an international team) and the detrimental events may increase stress and anxiety, and are implicated in the development of some diseases. Many people think that highly stressed athletes are more likely to be injured, but the results from research on links between significant life events and the susceptibility to sports injury are inconclusive.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.