Competitive fire by Michael Clarkson

By Michael Clarkson

In education for this article, Michael Clarkson interviewed many most sensible athletes reminiscent of Michael Jordan, Bob Beamon, and Roger Bannister. He concludes that the foundation of greatness is the response of athletes to struggle or flight events in pageant.

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It is really a battle for the self; it is a struggle for establishing control over attention. " Let's not overlook, though, how important the outcome of a game can be to the pride of athletic warriors John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova!  Carol Frey Let's slow down and take stock of this complex subject.  It's sometimes difficult to separate these states and hard to document them scientifically because of the unwieldy aspects of trying to hook up an athlete during the heat of battle.  Long­term zone, which is a sustained emotional drive that can last a few games, a few months, or even an entire season.

And yet successful athletes seem able to get over the wall of pressure and pain more often than not.  "Of course I've failed in the clutch many times, but some people will say that's why in the end I'm so successful," he said.  Such athletes with uncommon desire and drive, who consider sports more than a game, seem to trigger and control a higher emotional response than others.  This is an avenue for athletes to increase their production through their own natural drugs rather than artificial steroids.

1).  He then turned sheet white as all the blood drained from his face, which is usually a fight or flight symptom. 1 Arousal Level According to Skill Performed Level of arousal 5 (Extremely excited) Sport skills Football blocking and tackling 220­ and 440­yard runs Weight lifting Push­ups, sit­ups, bent­arm hang test 4 (Somewhat excited) Running long jump Running very short and long races Shot putt Swimming races Wrestling and judo 3 (Aroused but not excited) Most basketball skills Boxing High jumping Most gymnastic skills Most soccer skills 2 (Somewhat aroused) Baseball pitching and hitting Fancy diving Fencing Football quarter backing Tennis 1 (Slightly aroused) Archery and bowling Basketball free throws Football field­goal kicking Golf putting and short irons Skating figure eights 0 (Normal state) Modified from Robert Weinberg after interview with author.

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