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How can I improve my arousal control? ›

Progressive muscle relaxation.

Preparation, including proper positioning and a quiet environment. Tightening and relaxing each muscle group while focusing on the differences in sensations. Relaxing fully and breathing slowly and deeply following the tensing of each muscle group.

What is an arousal in sport? ›

Arousal is the level of activation and alertness experienced by a performer. For example, a judo player may feel highly aroused the moments before a bout and much less aroused an hour after the contest has ended.

How does arousal affect sporting performance? ›

As arousal increases so does the level of performance, but only until a certain point which is usually around moderate arousal levels. Once past a moderate arousal level performance decreases. This is due to participants in sport becoming anxious if they are over aroused and there performance suffers as a consequence.

What is arousal in simple words? ›

Arousal is a state in which you feel excited or very alert, for example, as a result of fear, stress, or anger. Thinking angry thoughts can provoke strong physiological arousal.

Why is arousal relevant to athletes and coaches? ›

For athletes, learning about arousal is vitally important for peak performance, as arousal can be directed into increased confidence, or if not used effectively can result in counterproductive anxiety.

How does arousal improve performance? ›

Increased arousal can lead to better test performance by helping you stay alert, focused, and attentive. But excessive arousal can lead to test anxiety and leave you nervous and unable to concentrate. When arousal levels are very high or very low, performance tends to be worse.

How is arousal and anxiety controlled? ›

Controlling stress, arousal and anxiety

Progressive muscular relaxation is a technique used to remove tension in the muscles. This technique allows the athlete to contract relaxation and tension within the muscles. It also combines the control of breathing helping with the symptoms of somatic state anxiety.

What role does anxiety and arousal play in the performance of an athlete? ›

According to Yerkes and Dodson,6 low arousal/anxiety leads to decreases in performance, and increases in arousal/anxiety can facilitate performance up to an optimal level.

How is arousal and anxiety controlled? ›

Controlling stress, arousal and anxiety

Progressive muscular relaxation is a technique used to remove tension in the muscles. This technique allows the athlete to contract relaxation and tension within the muscles. It also combines the control of breathing helping with the symptoms of somatic state anxiety.

How can an athlete decrease arousal levels to improve performance? ›

Many athletes control arousal by deliberately changing their behavior to reduce the natural fight-or-flight stress response. They use strategies like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and biofeedback. These techniques all involve helping athletes relax, improve performance, and reduce arousal.

What is relaxation in sports psychology? ›

Relaxation has been defined as a psychological strategy used by sports performers to help manage or reduce stress-related emotions (e.g., anxiety and anger) and physical symptoms (e.g., physical tension and increased heart rate [HR]) during high pressurized situations.


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