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The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety


Author(s)

Doug M. Post
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Doug.post@osumc.edu

Abstract

This case study is based on another case in our collection, The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis, which emphasizes the metabolic, respiratory, and cardiac responses of a young athlete competing in a championship rowing event. In this modified version, the same event is viewed in a new light to explore the psychological ramifications of the stressful sports competition. The case was developed for a mixed undergraduate-graduate course in sport psychology.


Objectives

  • Increase understanding of the constructs of arousal and anxiety.
  • Differentiate between state and trait anxiety.
  • Introduce six theories from psychology on the arousal-performance relationship.
  • Address three psychological interventions to help reduce anxiety and improve performance.

Keywords

Performance anxiety; individualized zone of optimal functioning; multidimensional anxiety theory; inverted u hypothesis; drive theory; catastrophe theory; reversal theory; progressive muscle relaxation; cue-controlled relaxation; stress; rowing; racing

Educational Level

Undergraduate upper division, Graduate

Format

PDF

Type Methods

Discussion, Role-Play

Language

English

Subject Headings

Psychology  |   Sports Science  |  


Date Posted

10/06/03

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