Do You Choke Under Pressure? What does it mean in sports psychology terms when I talk about “nerves” in sport? If we use the term, “nerves of steel,” we are referring to a mindset: the courage that enables athletes to perform in the face of danger, difficulty or fear. Some athletes who excel in critical situations become highly touted for their ability to steady their … [Read more...] about Do You Have Nerves of Steel?
How to Handle Adversity in Sports How others define you as an athlete will be according to the degree you overcome obstacles and manage adversity, which is part of sports. No one can escape adversity. The very nature of athletics presents individuals and teams with challenges to face to test the competitive spirit. Some athletes utilize challenges to vault themselves to … [Read more...] about How Tiger Woods Copes with Adversity
In sports, we hear the words “pressure,” “stress,” and “anxiety.” Some athletes accept “pressure” as part of sports and believe there is nothing you can do about it. What if you could learn to deal with pressure differently or a more effective way to manage stress that would allow you to perform your best? You can learn a lot by watching how elite players manage game-time … [Read more...] about Michael Wacha and How to Deal with Playoff Pressure
Do you get nervous before the “big game?” At critical times during games, do you choke under pressure? Would you define yourself as an anxious athlete? Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear, typically about a big game or when feeling under the pressure to perform well. Anxiety is created over the uncertainty of what may or may not happen. Let’s focus on two aspects of … [Read more...] about Do You Get Nervous Before Big Games?
Keeping your head in the game and managing your emotions may be the difference between your team winning and losing. Losing your cool can lead to unnecessary penalties, fighting opposing players, getting kicked out of games, and being baited by opponents. Anger and frustration can negatively affect your ability to stay cool, which can hurt your team’s success. This past … [Read more...] about Composure Under Pressure and Keeping Your Head in the Game