Implementing a breathing technique to manage performance anxiety in softball

Abstract An intervention strategy was developed, implemented, and evaluated that aimed at minimizing performance anxiety. The goal was to guide NCAA Division I softball athletes in using a breathing technique that, by contributing to the management of performance anxiety, would help each athlete reach full potential on the softball field. The strategy focused on the effects of the breathing technique on the participants’ heart rates, in relation to daily anxiety events; a heart rate monitor and anxiety logs were used to obtain data. All 4 of the athletes studied indicated improvement at various stages in the program.
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Subjects: respiration technique precompetition anxiety anxiety sport psychology psychoregulation softball
Notations: sport games social sciences
Published in: The Sport Journal
Published: 2009
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced