Psychological Warfare...Stress responses in competition...The act of engaging in competitive combat sports is not, what many would consider to be, normal. Knowingly engaging in an activity which could result in serious or catastrophic injury and seeking to inflict injury on others, for many is just not what having a good idea means. However, the impact of this act consensual violence is more than physical. The psychological impact to the stress of competition is as fundamental as the potential physical impact. Moreover, the psychological (and physical) effects of competitive stress can begin weeks before the event and if not well managed can create issues post event too.