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Arousal and Anxiety

Arousal and Anxiety

Presentation given as part of a L2 course

Marc Tamlyn

March 23, 2019

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  1. What do we see? • Reo Wilde is very abrupt

    in his pre-shot routine. Koreans generally much smoother in their movements. • Americans much more exuberant in celebration - big high fives, strong interaction with the coach, high energy level. Koreans more subdued, gentle fist bumps, no obvious interaction with coach. • Both anchor archers (Gellentien and Kim J) are vocal, talking to the archers on the line. Braden talks a lot more.
  2. What do we see? • Gellentien in particular is very

    shuffly for most of the match - shifting his weight, looking around. He appears steady and calm on the line, but the energy is bubbling underneath. • How do the Koreans deal with the first 9? Hard to gauge an obvious behavioural response - this is probably good! • Last shot by Kim J goes off really fast and bang in the X - pressure is off so he relaxes.
  3. Weinberg & Gould (2011) A general physiological and psychological activation,

    varying on a continuum to from deep sleep to excitement What is arousal?
  4. Low arousal • Weak shot • Skipping parts of the

    shot sequence • Distracted • Indifferent
  5. High arousal • Very aggressive shot • Lack of follow

    through • Agitated behaviour • Tension • Overthinking
  6. Anxiety • Anxiety is a negative emotional response to high

    arousal • Stress • Worry • Technical meltdown
  7. Controlling anxiety • Preparation! • Kit • Technique • Familiarity

    with venue, companions etc • Timekeeping • Experience
  8. Increase Arousal • Positive self talk • Being energetic •

    Focusing on an aggressive shot • High fives with team mates
  9. It depends! • Not every archer has the same optimal

    arousal level • Help your archers to find what works for them, and give them strategies to raise or lower arousal levels • Find out what makes your archers anxious, and work on strategies to alleviate nerves