|BikiCrumbs: Managing Anxiety|
For arousal and anxiety to be at an optimal level strategies need to be developed and practised to ensure that this occurs.
Concentration and attention skills
- Attention is the way individuals use their senses to perceive what is going on around them.
- Attention needs to be:
- Selective: - What needs to have attention
- Shiftable: - Can change it voluntary or involuntary
- Divisible: - More than just one focus
- Mental rehearsal is picturing in your mind your own physical performance in either training or competition
- Combined with physical practice it can be a powerful tool to enhance performance
- It is used so that the athlete will have competed in the event several times before competition.
- Athletes create a picture in their mind
- Can be internal, what it looks like from their position
- Can be external, what it looks like from a spectator
- Most beneficial if the athlete:
- Believes it will benefit them
- Has the time and patience to practice effectively
- Used to calm the athlete, decrease anxiety and control arousal
- Can be done at any stage of a performance for an athlete to gain composure
- Offer done before mental rehearsal
- It also requires patience and practice
- Needs to be SMART
- Useful to :-
- Increase motivation
- Give the athlete direction
- Allows them to monitor and evaluate their progress
- Should be broken up into short term, intermediate and long term goals
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