PCA Development Zone®

Resource Center

How To Conquer Pre-Competition Anxiety

PCA offers six online courses - all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports.
Take A Course »

Share This Resource

This article provides a basic definition of anxiety and its two different types: Trait anxiety, in which nervousness is a personality trait in an individual; and state anxiety, which refers to temporary feelings of anxiety in a particular situation. Also, a distinction is drawn between anxiety and phobia.

Symptoms may include a racing heartbeat, sweaty palms and muscle tension. Athletes can begin to overcome anxiety by working to control brain waves, body temperature and blood pressure. The article prescribes a specific breathing technique that any athlete can use to soothe pre-competition nervousness, anxiety or jitters.

The article is housed at BelievePerform.com, which collects articles on sports psychology.

Visit the Site

  • URL: http://mypca.me/1HXLOga
Visit the Site