How to cope with pre-competitive anxiety
Pre-competitive anxiety is an arousal that is unpleasant or negative.
How the athletes think about the sports competition and not the competition itself could be a source of pre-competitive anxiety.
- When the perceived capabilities are greater the sport challenge then arousal will decrease resulting in boredom or lack of motivation.
- When the perceived challenge are greater than an athlete’s capabilities then the athlete will be over aroused resulting in worry and anxiety.
Common signs and symptoms of pre-competitive anxiety
• Paralyzing Fear;
• Inability to Concentrate;
• Shortness of Breath;
• Increase Heart Rate
Coping with pre-competitive anxiety in sports
- Teaching Athletes to know what is Fear;
- Goal Setting;
- Relaxation Techniques;
- Diaphragmatic Breathing;
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation;
- Cognitive Restructuring;
- Develop Self Confidence;
- Distract Yourself:
- Focus on that which you can Control.
I foster and intend to create a supportive environment, where coaches and players are trained in both clinical and development techniques help for work through their problems. I’ve also seen that sport can be a strong complement to traditional psychotherapy when helping people heal from trauma, manage their mental health and learn to cope.