How do you use this worksheet?
- Draw line on page representing time of match, can include pre game if athlete declares they struggle with anxiety before performance.
- Label one side of line positive, the other negative.
- Ask athlete what they notice or what they say to themselves when they are playing well. Summarise comments on positive side of line.
- Repeat for when they feel they are playing at poorly.
- Draw curving line as demonstrated in the first diagram.
- Explain to athlete that they are always concentrating, sometimes what they are focusing on is positive for performance, and sometimes it has a negative impact.
- Challenge the athlete to recognise when they cross the line from positive to negative. The next stage is for the athlete to develop a system to snap back over the line from negative to positive.
- Cue word or action.
- Use eyes to find ball.
- Talk to teammate.
The Goal for the athlete is for their concentration curve to become similar to Figure 2 with time spent in negative territory at a minimum.