How Perfectionism Can Hurt Performance Is being a perfectionist a good thing? Does perfectionism help an athlete strive for more? Many elite athletes call themselves perfectionists. In fact, many Olympians and top-level professionals attribute their success to being perfectionists. Well, you can’t argue with success, right? If a gold-medalist or an All-Star believes … [Read more...] about Does Perfectionism Sabotage Athletes?
Performance Anxiety in Sports
Suffering From Performance Anxiety in Sports By Patrick Saunders The Denver Post LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. — On Sept. 5, 2014, at Coors Field, Tyler Matzek pitched a three-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres. Poised and confident, and throwing a 94 mph fastball with graceful ease, the Rockies' rookie left-hander was dominant. Over his final six starts, Matzek went 4-2 with … [Read more...] about Can Tyler Matzek Recover from Pitching Anxiety?
Do You Have Sports Performance Anxiety? For many professional athletes, the pressure to maintain a strong image comes with the cost of hiding their struggles with mental health. Performance anxiety, while it affects many athletes, is rarely talked about in the realm of sports. The performance anxiety you may be feeling as an athlete, although often kept secret, is more … [Read more...] about How To Overcome Performance Anxiety In Sports
Do You Have Pregame Jitters or Anxiety? Do you ever get extremely anxious prior to a competition? Every athlete experiences some pregame jitters--if you don't then performing does not excite you. Many athletes label those jitters as excitement or edginess that, very often, vault an athlete to play optimally. Some athletes experience real performance anxiety and not … [Read more...] about How To Overcome Performance Anxiety In Sports
Do You Play Calm Under Pressure in Sports? How do you view and respond to pressure? Are you able to play "calm under pressure"? When you need to make a critical shot, are you able to remain relaxed and confident? Has this scenario ever happened to you... You need to sink a five-foot putt on the final hole to win a tournament. Your thoughts start racing, "What if I miss … [Read more...] about How to Play Calm Golf Under Pressure