Managing anxiety within sport

An online course filled with educational material and practical strategies to help you learn how to manage anxiety

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What you'll learn

What happens to your body when you are anxious

Breathing techniques to manage anxiety

How to identify thinking errors

How to become more aware of thoughts

How to challenge unhelpful thoughts

Progressive muscle relaxation

Summary

Within our lives we all would have experienced a degree of anxiety when playing sport. Whether that is playing competitively for an academy or playing grassroots sport with friends, we have all experienced some form of anxiety. Anxiety affects people in different ways. Some people will experience a range of unhelpful thoughts which can go through their mind, whereas others can experience strong unhelpful physiological symptoms (increased heart rate, muscle tension, sweating). For some people anxiety can become a regular occurrence and can have a detrimental impact on performance.

This training plan has been designed to help athletes develop a better understanding of what happens to their mind and body during times of stress and pressure. We will explore the flight/fight response and provide you with practical strategies to become more aware of your anxiety and how to manage physiological symptoms. We will also explore the relationship between anxiety and negative thoughts and help you to learn how you can start challenging unhelpful thoughts.

Course Content

Course Materials

Course content

Welcome
1 Lecture

Welcome to your training plan

00:43

Introduction
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Introduction to your online course
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1 Lecture

Introduction to your online course

05:34

Understanding anxiety within sport
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Anxiety within sport
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6 Lectures

Anxiety within sport

04:44

Learning about anxiety

08:35

What causes anxiety

04:27

What maintains our anxiety

03:22

Impact of anxiety on performance

04:32

Theories of anxiety

04:14

Mind and Body - Anxiety
2 Lectures

The impact of anxiety

02:10

The flight/fight response

03:25

The physical system
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Understanding the physical system
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6 Lectures

Understanding the physical system

02:06

Redistribution of blood flow

00:49

Increase rate and depth of breathing

00:54

Increased sweating

00:51

Decreased activity of digestive system

00:50

Muscle tension

01:24

Behavioural system
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Understanding the behavioural system
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1 Lecture

Understanding the behavioural system

01:20

Cognitive system
1 Lecture

Understanding the cognitive system

01:27

System restoration
1 Lecture

Body restoration

02:02

Strategies to manage anxiety
5 Lectures

Emotional thermometer

03:39

Breathing and anxiety

03:08

Diaphragmatic breathing

06:27

Ratio breathing

04:47

Progressive muscle relaxation

03:19

Managing anxiety (thoughts)
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Becoming aware of thoughts
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5 Lectures

Anxiety and thoughts

05:08

CBT and anxiety

07:03

Becoming aware of thoughts

03:18

Identifying thinking errors

05:02

Challenging negative thoughts

08:10

Focus on things you can control
3 Lectures

When we feel in control

03:17

Increasing our sense of control

01:43

Activity for increasing your sense of control

06:45

Creating a mastery climate
2 Lectures

Coaches and anxiety

03:43

Mastery climate and anxiety

03:59

Overview
1 Lecture

Review slide

03:04

Course materials

16 files

  • CBT model (Blank example)
  • CBT model with questions
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Emotional Thermometer
  • How athletes can manage anxiety
  • Increasing your sense of control
  • Progressive muscle relaxation guide
  • Questions to ask yourself to help challenge negative thoughts
  • Ratio breathing to help manage anxiety
  • Thinking Error thought diary
  • Thought Challenging
  • Thought Diary
  • How coaches can support athletes with anxiety
  • Things you can control Vs. things you can't control
  • Using problem solving to help you manage your worries
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation Step 1

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This course includes:

  • 2.5 hrs on-demand video
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on a variety of devices

Who is this course for:

  • Coaches
  • Athletes
  • Teachers
  • Parents

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