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Anxiety in sport

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emma mogan

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Anxiety in sport

Anxiety is a negative emotion which is associated with feelings of nervousness, apprehension or worry. State Anxiety; Somatic Anxiety; Anxiety in sport Trait Anxiety; This is a constantly changing mood state which is an emotional response to any situation which may be interpreted as threatening. What is anxiety? Trait anxiety is a part of an individuals pattern of behaviour Someone who has a high level of trait anxiety is more likely to become worried; even if the situation is not particularly threatening An example of trait anxiety would be; if an individual with a high level of trait anxiety was to play a friendly match (football), they are likely to worry about the match more than someone who does not have high levels, even though the match is not important. An example of state anxiety would be a sprinter that becomes nervous at the start of a race as they are waiting for the starting gun. This is because they are not only anxious to start the race, but they are also anticipating the gun. This type of anxiety is how the body responds to the sporting situation.
Increased heart rate, breathing rate and feeling sick are all symptoms of somatic anxiety. Cognitive Anxiety; Cognitive stress is the performer's general nervousness about the situation they are experiencing and their ability to perform well. This type of anxiety can reduce concentration levels.
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