It’s Day 2 of Nationals and your team has a great shot at winning. They had a great performance Day 1 and are currently in the lead. Everyone on the team is very excited and ready to show what they have been working so hard for all season. During warm ups, several athletes on the team are talking about how important this performance is and how much the team needs to hit the routine to win. Unfortunately, once the team hits the floor, they have a less than stellar performance and end up dropping several places.
This example can be very frustrating for the coaches, athletes, as well as the parents and spectators. While some amount of anxiety is a normal and can be a good way to improve performance, too much anxiety can hinder performance and result in negative effects.
There are several strategies that a coach or athlete can use to help reduce the occurrence of high levels of competition anxiety.
Reduce the Importance of Winning
Recognize the Individual Needs of Team Members
Reduce Uncertainty in a Competition Environment
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is compiled from a variety of professional sources as well as the author's own experiences. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit to your healthcare provider or used to disregard any advice provided by your healthcare provider.