The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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.
- 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.
KeywordsPerformance 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 LevelUndergraduate upper division, Graduate
Type / MethodsDiscussion, Role-Play
Subject HeadingsPsychology | Sports Science |