sports performance anxiety

Many people suffer from sports performance anxiety at some point in their sports career. It takes many different forms, but very often you can perform well during training or practice but then anxiety or fear interferes with your sports performance 'on the day'. Some people feel as if they are choking, want to run away, cannot let go of the dart (dartitis) etc etc.

It is usual to have pre-performance nerves, indeed, a certain level of physical arousal is helpful and prepares us for competition. But when the physical symptoms of anxiety are too great, they may seriously interfere with your ability to compete. Left untreated, it becomes a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and feelings followed by poor or inhibited performance.


effects of anxiety on sports performance

The coordinated movement required by athletic events becomes increasingly difficult when your body is in a tense state. Similarly, a certain amount of worry about how you perform can be helpful in competition, but severe symptoms of anxiety such as negative thought patterns and expectations of failure can bring about a self-fulfilling prophecy. If there is a substantial difference between how you perform during practice and how you do during competitions, anxiety may be affecting your performance.

Our dedicated team can help you to overcome these fears in a variety of ways, programming yourself for success.


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