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Band 6 PD Syllabus Summaries Psychological Strategies to Enhance Motivation and Manage Anxiety

To manage the negative impact of anxiety on performance, an athlete can learn to manage their personal anxiety levels. A range of psychological strategies available to athletes include concentration/attention skills, mental rehearsal/visualisation, relaxation and goal setting. * concentration/attention skills (focusing)
Concentration or attention skills refer to the ability of the athlete to focus their thoughts and energy into the task at hand. It allows the athlete to focus on relevant cues and ignore distractions, for example, the crowd. * mental rehearsal/visualisation/imagery
Mental rehearsal, visualisation and imagery involve practising the performance or skill, or the environment in which it is performed in the athlete's mind. This allows athletes to develop a visual image of the performance in a non-threatening environment. This visual image can help the performer focus on the movements required to produce an optimal performance, increase concentration and confidence. * relaxation
Relaxation techniques are techniques that, with practice, reduce arousal levels and limit the impact of over-arousal. Relaxation helps the athlete lower their stress level and calm themselves before a performance. Techniques that can be used to achieve this include progressive muscular relaxation, meditation, centred breathing, and hypnosis. * goal – setting
Setting goals allows an athlete's progress to be planned and monitored over a period of time. Goal setting also increases motivation and commitment levels providing the athlete with a clear direction. Goals need to be realistic and achievable to be effective. Goals may relate to areas such as the overall performance, specific skills involved, fitness or…...

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