In our life we experience anxiety at some point. However, if we use anxiety appropriately, we can use it to so performers will perform at their best level. Top sportsmen and entertainers, will grab on anxiety as a way of help, to help them achieve the best possible outcome they can achieve. However, anxiety only becomes a problem if you are not able to manage it, control it, or when it gets in the way of your daily routine. According to Kremer and Moran (2008) “one reason why we tend to get uptight before competition could be related the pressure of being observed.
Whether it is during the tense moments of a championship game or amidst that dreaded History exam, anxiety affects our performance via changes in the body, which can be identified by certain indicators. One misconception though with performing under pressure is that stress always has a negative connotation. Many times, "the stress of competition may cause a negative anxiety in one performer but positive excitement in another" (3). That is why one frequently hears how elite players' thrive under pressure, when most others would crumble. PHYSIOLOGY OF STRESS Stress is an integral part of our lives.
It is all in the person’s hands as far as attitude and mentality goes. “Many athletes get extremely emotional or mentally stressed during their sport due to the weather, the opponent, and the endurance needed to pull through." “Mental conditioning is something that is often used to psych athletes up, block negativity, and show visualization” According to Reardon, after a match, athletes simply do not blame their loss on their lack of endurance, they complain that they were not mentally prepared. (Reardon 2003) Attitude is a huge contributor to performance during play time. When an athlete loses their mental edge, everything goes downhill.
An athlete’s performance can truly be affected by a coach’s reaction. Good performance comes mostly from the amount of confidence an athlete has in themselves. If a coach is not providing the right amount of encouragement and motivation, they are most likely not going to get the results they would like out of their players. When athletes are being yelled at or “bullied” by coaches, it can cause severe anxiety, which can lead to the brain losing focus very easily. “Those coaches who rely on fear and intimidation ensure their athletes won’t r... ... middle of paper ... ...impact on an athlete’s life in a positive way and lead them in a successful direction, it all lies within their hands.
This idea can be refuted because sports have underlying meanings to so many different people. Another argument is that the pressure of sports causes a high risk of substance abuse. Those are just a few of the arguments critics of sports make, but there are several more due to the complexity of the debate, although, this also implies that there are many arguments explaining why sports do matter. Those arguments outweigh the others. This means that even though sports may not be able to cater to everyone and they can have negative impacts, sports matter to a lot of people, and they can have even more positive impacts.
Moreover, sports consider to be a healthy way to safe our bodies from certain diseases. However, what if the sport goes far away from its nice picture, like becomes more violent. Certainly, that is already exists in many violence sports where these kinds of sports lose their fundamental objectives and can be fatal or cause serious injuries. Violence sports are engaging disrespectful behaviors toward opponents and participants by seeking victory above the respect of competing. These day, winning has become everything and the main target of athletes.
Substances containing ingredients that are hardly researched are allowed into drinks, powders, and pills to assist athletes. This can be more dangerous than the potential injuries. Stress is also a key factor in one’s health. Too much stress can wear down the body and mind. Consequently, any time an athlete engages in physical activity they are at risk of injury.
Playing a sport whether its basketball, soccer, football or any other of your interest can be thrilling, and accelerating. Not only can it be fun yet physical exercise is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, as an athlete one must keep in mind that playing any sport, injury is part of life and inevitable. Research has proven from time to time that severe injuries in sports can trigger psychological mental health issues, affecting them in their athletic performance. Recovering from an injury can indeed be a difficult process and athletes must wait for however long in able to play the sport again.
They can become arrogant, thinking that they are better than everyone else. How many times have you heard a kid boast about their win in a sports game? Yes, it is a big accomplishment, but that can also lead to a big head. Also, this defiant behavior can occur to be the exact opposite. The article, The Negatives of Competitive Sports by Livestrong says, “-supportive activity can turn into a high-pressure and anxiety-filled job for a child.
Most racket sports can either be played in pairs or alone, and so this will affect the amounts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation required. Biddel (1984) suggested "extrinsic motivation is of benefit at first and can drive individuals to participate and work hard initially, but in long term extrinsic motivation is not enough on its own. Ability is essential in making a performance successful, regardless of what type of activity it is, but motivation levels varies for type of activities. As well as motivation enhancing performance, it can also work the other way round, and the ability to perform well can improve motivation. Abilities are needed to perform skills in sport Arousal can also help or hinder players of sport (3).