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


Author(s)

Doug M. Post (rr)
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

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

Topical Areas

N/A

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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