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Sports Psychology – Anxiety and Arousal

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In this lecture, we think about some of the key points made across the course, focusing in particular on: (i) the construct of anxiety, made up of thoughts and feelings, as well as the physiological expression; (ii) reiterating the differentiation of trait (stable and typical) and state (variable) anxiety; (iii) revisiting the investigation into how anxiety can impact performance, starting with the inverted-U hypothesis and moving through to multidimensional anxiety theory and the catastrophe model; (iv) the challenge and threat state theory, which is discussed in the context of how athletes may work towards to achieve a challenge, rather than a threat, response in high pressure situations.


In this course, Dr Jamie Barker (Loughborough University) explores anxiety and arousal in sport and exercise. In the first lecture, we think about what anxiety and arousal are in the context of sport and exercise. In the second lecture, we think about some models of anxiety and arousal, including Yerkes and Dodson’s inverted-U hypothesis. In the third lecture, we think about catastrophe theory and the theory of challenge and threat states. Next, we think about some applied strategies which can be used to manage anxiety and arousal. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.


Dr Jamie Barker is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Dr Barker’s research interests include intervention effectiveness, group dynamics, leadership and resilience within applied sport and performance research. Some of Dr Barker’s recent publications include 'Psychological support for sport coaches: An exploration of practitioner psychologist perspectives' (2018) and 'Investigating the effects of irrational and rational self-statements on motor-skill and hazard-perception performance' (2018).

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