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By Stephen D. Mellalieu

This booklet offers a evaluation and dialogue of the hot circulate in the direction of the good points and outcomes of aggressive anxiousness. Following an outline of aggressive stress-related terminologies, conceptual and psychometric advancements are thought of together with the concept of directional nervousness interpretations. The observation then specializes in the theories and types that define the capability good points of hysteria on the subject of athletic functionality. utilized implications and destiny learn instructions also are mentioned including a couple of explicatory statements concerning the nature of the precompetitive rigidity event in activity.

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It is important, therefore, to clarify the rhetoric in order that researchers can examine the different relationships that explain the positive consequences of anxiety states upon performance. We suggest that the terms ‘positive anxiety’ and ‘facilitative anxiety’ are oxymorons best avoided as they suggest anxiety is a positive emotion. We recommend that ‘facilitative interpretations of symptoms associated with competitive anxiety’ is 30 Stephen D. Mellalieu, Sheldon Hanton and David Fletcher more appropriate and, importantly, accurate.

At a macro level we can consider the temporal nature of how performers’ responses change across their career, while at a micro level we can explore the temporal patterning of the precompetitive response in the build up to a specific event or competition. One example of the study of temporal responses at a macro level is Hanton and Jones’s (1999a) investigation of the cognitive skills and strategies underlying elite swimmers’ interpretations of prerace thoughts and feelings, from early experiences through to their current status.

2004). Performance Level Despite the apparent significance of the relationship between precompetitive symptom interpretation and subsequent performance only a few studies have directly investigated this association. One of the first was Jones, Swain, and Hardy’s (1993) comparison of club-level gymnasts who were divided into good and poor performance groups based on their beam competition scores. While no significant differences emerged in the intensity of responses, the more successful gymnasts were found to experience greater facilitative interpretations of their cognitive and somatic anxiety symptoms than their less successful counterparts.

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