What Are The Causes of Choking in Competition? What does it really mean to choke in sports? It's often a dirty five letter word for athletes. Something they never want to experience. The term “choke” comes from the concept that you feel like you can’t breath – or someone is strangling you – when under pressure; a lack of oxygen. But choking has a wider meaning to me. Choking … [Read more...] about What is Choking in Sports?
About Sports Performance Anxiety
Why Do Athletes Choke in Competition? I think athletes choke because they are too worried about results and what will happen if they fail or embarrass themselves. For example, golfers don't want to get ridiculed for missing a short one on the 18th hole to win the match. Basketball player don't want to miss a free-throw in the final moments of the game and lose the game. A … [Read more...] about Why Athletes Choke Under Pressure
Performance Anxiety For Athletes In my last article about sports performance anxiety, I discussed how fear of failure is closely tied to choking and under performance in athletes. And if you don’t perform as well in competition as you do in practice, you are most likely afraid to fail or anxious at some level. But how does your performance change when you go from practice to … [Read more...] about The Signs of Sports Performnace Anxiety
Many athletes under perform in competition compared to the ability the show in practice. In my work as a mental game expert, this is a common problem for athletes. If performance anxiety is affecting your sports performance, it’s a mental game issue. If you can perform well in practice, but can’t take it to the field, course, or court, it is most likely that anxiety, tension, … [Read more...] about What is Performance Anxiety in Sports?