“The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.”

Publius Syrus

Anxiety can affect our performance in a variety of ways. If we interpret the information we perceive as being facilitated as aiding performance, then anxiety enhances our performance, however, if we perceive anxiety to be debilitative it can have a negative affect on performance. There are lots of ways in which we can manipulate anxiety, however recognising anxiety is crucial.

Much of the previous research on anxiety in sport has been based on Martens et al. (1990) multidimensional approach to anxiety. Martens et al. (1990) proposed that anxiety consists of two components: a cognitive component, associated with worry, and a somatic component, associated with nervousness or tension.

Anxiety in Sport – Research Overview Part One

As a coach who uses psychology as a mode of improving performance, using quick, powerful methods that bring results affords you the opportunity to have the performers you work with teach you excellence as they achieve it.

GO or NO! Anxiety and Performance