How many times have we seen a wonderful warmup only to see the team fall apart once they enter the ring?

Have you ever asked yourself why?

Was your answer the dog wasn’t ready or the distractions were to much?

Did you consider that it actually might be the handler affecting the team?

Can Stress Affect Sports Performance?

Stress is a feeling that’s created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. A little stress or the right kind of positive stress can help keep you on your toes, ready to rise to a challenge.

The events that provoke stress are called stressors, and they cover a whole range of situations — everything from outright danger to stepping into the ring at a major competition. Stress can also be in response to change or anticipation of something that’s about to happen — good or bad. People can feel stress over positive challenges, like making a National team, as well as negative ones like getting into a car wreck.

There are ways you can help yourself beat stress.

Read More @ Stress and Performance

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