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How does anger affect my teammates?

The severity of an anger episode determines the effect on teammates. For example, if an athlete swears under their breath, the impact on teammates will be minimal. If an athlete swears out loud at an official, an opposite team member, or someone on his team, the impact will be more. If an athlete is angry to the point of yelling and hitting, pushing or shoving, the impact will be even greater. Some of the impacts of anger on others include: muscle tension, rapid breath, rapid heart rate, negative thoughts, fear, anxiety, ejection from competition, loss of playing time, and bodily harm. The biggest impact of anger on performance is that it doesn't allow athlete(s) to move beyond whatever prompted the anger. If an athlete is unable to move beyond what prompted the anger, then they are unable to continue to concentrate and focus on continued performance. These impacts of anger can be dealt with in similar ways as anxiety: progressive relaxation, imagery and deep breathing. Progressive relaxation means progressively going through your body and relaxing your muscles. Deep breathing helps take the focus off anything negative and also relaxes your mind and your muscles. imagery relates to processes to produce an internalized experience that will support or enhance training or competition. Imagery allows the athlete to focus on something positive and something specific to the sport.

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