“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.

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The impact of competition can have a dramatic influence on a competitor’s performance. The sporting environment provides a variety of pressures for those who participate. Any experience has the potential to be counterproductive because it has the propensity to turn the focus of attention towards a different goal commitment and therefore away from an athlete’s task at hand.

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