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Information and Tools for Managing Stress

An athlete’s negative perceptions and response to perceived stressful situations can create adverse consequences in performance. Some of the effects of ongoing energy drains from stress may include:

  • Energy depletion.
  • Less mental clarity.
  • Less ability to communicate clearly.
  • Reduced physical coordination.
  • Over-time this potentially leads to burn-out.

Learning and applying the skills of managing emotional energy can contribute to an athlete’s success. Research shows the brain and body act together to produce emotions. When positive thoughts and emotions work in synch, it sends a cohesive signal through the body’s central nervous system and autonomic nervous system. Learning and applying positive emotional energy management skills can aid an athlete’s success by:

  • Improve physical performance
  • Cultivate more creativity and flexible problem solving capabilities.
  • Improved memory.
  • Better decision making
  • Shifting emotional outlook in stressful situations from anxious to focused.

Challenging athletic events and goals themselves are not stressful; how an athlete perceives and responds emotionally to these opportunities influence their ability to perform. I utilize HeartMath, FreezeFramer and Emwave (www.heartmath.com) with athletes to assist them with competitive stress, anxiety and emotional management. HeartMath products can be useful self-help tools to enhance an athlete’s ability to bring positive energy into their competitive performances.

(Links to the HeartMath website from this page are a form of individual education for those seeking to enhance athletic performance and are not treatment recommendations for any psychological disorder.)