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
Overcoming Nerves in Competition Phil Mickelson scored his 41st PGA TOUR win last week at the Phoenix Open in record fashion. He finished at 28-under only two strokes shy of the PGA Tour record for a four round tournament. He also led the tournament from start to finish after shooting 60 in his opening round, which is often a challenge for any player—to keep the lead. This … [Read more...] about Phil Mickelson Overcomes Anxiety to Win
Performance Anxiety And Panic Attacks Charlie Beljan endured a second-round panic attack and a night’s stay in the hospital to win Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney. How can a pro golfer win his first tournament while having a panic attack you might wonder? Was he scared of having the tournament lead on Friday? Was he afraid he would lose his playing … [Read more...] about Beljan: Mind Over Matter to Overcome Panic Attack