We talk with a lot of coaches about inconsistency. In fact, I’d go so far to say this is the #1 issue that we’ve seen this year. As an athlete, I remember being frustrated with my team’s and my own inconsistency. We’d often ask ourselves:
While the competition was part of it, I’ve realized that a big part of the problem was arousal management. We never effectively nor proactively managed our arousal level.
Your “Arousal Level” is your state of readiness and refers to your physical, emotional and mental state. In simple terms, it is a measure of your internal energy level (also known as butterflies). It includes psychological (anger, confidence, fear, nervousness, aggression, etc.) and physiological (pulse, breathing, temperature, etc.) elements. The Inverted U Theory states that each of us has an optimal arousal level.
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We all have an optimum arousal level where we can perform at our best. Too much energy, you are nervous, lose confidence and can’t flow. Too little energy, you are flat and lack the ability to concentrate and execute. In both situations, you are falling short of your potential.
Each athlete has their own arousal level that they will need to find. However, there is a twist to this. Based on research by Yerkes-Dodson, there is a level of arousal for various tasks.
Developing a set routine with your athletes is the first step. To do this, I’d recommend you first test this out with 1 or 2 of your athletes. Follow these steps:
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