I think it does in movies! lol.. Scientifically speaking I don't know, but I would think so. I've heard of people pushing a car off someone who wouldn't otherwise have the strength. I liked those two movies Crank and Crank 2, but I think it was some other drug LIKE adrenaline that had to keep him moving.
Adrenaline actually gives you temporary use of the entire group of muscle fibers in a muscle. During normal activity, we only use about 1/3 of the muscle tissue at a time. Well trained athletes may use nearly half.
CWanamaker is right. Adrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands and released at the signal from the brain that the body is in peril. It's best used in the fight or flight response. Whether you choose to stand and fight or to flee, adrenaline enables the body to far surpass the physical capacities of the body at its resting point.
"super" strength is possible but only in the context that the strength is super by comparison to that of the resting state. However, this increased awareness caused by adrenaline is only temporary.
unfortunately for me, adrenaline gives me Premature Atrial Contractions, a type of benign irregular heart beat. Scares me, but having done all the tests by cardio, they say it comes from an adrenaline rush. Not fun and certainly not superhuman powers.
Its in part due to adrenaline but largely due to dis-inhibition of the golgi tendons (i.e. preventing the inhibition). These are attached to the muscle and regulate force prodcution of the muscle - during normal functioning they inhibit strength production to prevent injury although with resistance training you can overcome this to some degree. Consequently this dis-inhibition is a large part of the phenomenal feats of super strength in exceptional circumstances.
Adrenaline does not give us super-strength as such. It's more realistic to suggest that it precipitates conditions that allow us to maximize physical capabilities and even make us more alert mentally.
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