Recognizing Sports Anxiety And Arousal

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Recognizing Sports Anxiety and Arousal In sports, there are high levels of anxiety and arousal that may result in decreased performance and possible injury or fatigue. Sport programs are not always able to recognize and identify the signs of increased anxiety and arousal in players. This increase in anxiety and arousal may affect their performance. Symptoms of this increase may include: cold clammy hands, frequent urination, profuse sweating, negative self-talk, dazed eyes, ill feelings, headache, and dry mouth, sleep difficulties, increased muscle tension, butterflies in stomach and inability to concentrate (, 2016). Unfortunately, these signs are often unnoticed and undetected because they may happen in situations when players are not being tested or evaluated properly. Sports programs should focus on testing during normal workout sessions, in an effort to improve anxiety and arousal through resistance training. The athlete’s level between beginner and elite should be considered as part of this process. Purpose The purpose of this study is to determine if recognizing sports anxiety and arousal through resistance training can help athletes improve performance through their feelings of worry, nervousness and apprehension. The resistance training program will use the individual’s gender, age, height, body weight and body composition to determine resting heart rate and target heart rate working zone before resistance training. This research will focus on anxiety and arousal. The study will answer the following questions: How can resistance training improve anxiety and arousal? How does heart rate affect anxiety and arousal? How can anxiety impact performanc... ... middle of paper ... ...ommendation that they must participate in year-around resistance training programs with heart rate monitors. Sports program should implement a reasonable standard of care for administering programs designed to improve performance for athletes experiencing anxiety and arousal. Implications Sport programs should have athletic training staff use (HRM) during resistance training. The athletic training staff should incorporate some non-testing and testing in the resistance training program with the (HRM). However, it’s important the athletic training staff maintain balance to reduce the risk of risk of soreness, injury and burnout, by choosing the appropriate exercise for non-testing and testing. There should be further research on the Rate of Perceived Exertion (How you feel) in conjunction with (HRM) to help determine the types of anxiety and arousal.

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