Through mental skills training, you will learn to manage anxiety and perform at a high level consistently. Anxiety is the mind and body's fight or flight reaction triggered by a perceived threat. Things like fear of losing, mistakes, and letting the team down can spark this sort of reaction and performance declines. To perform at your best, you must understand and manage these mental and physical affects. Using a Cognitive Behavioral approach, you will learn to stop anxiety before it starts, manage it when it is present, and harness it to improve performance when you need to. In addition, you will learn skill to maintain a state of calm.
Arousal level is the your current level of excitement. It exists on a continuum from low (sleep) to high (overly excited), and each athlete has a “sweet spot” where they function best. Recognizing under or over arousal, and learning techniques to maintain your sweet spot are important for consistent, high level performance. Mental skills training will help you understand and manage the appropriate arousal level for you in your sport and position.