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How much anxiety is too much?

How much anxiety an athlete needs to perform is dependent on the individual. For example, some athletes may perform at their peak with a rapid heart rate, while other athletes may be unable to perform with a rapid heart rate. In the inverted-U theory there is a relationship between arousal states and performance. At low arousal levels, performance will be low; the athlete is not psyched up. As arousal increases so does performance up to a point of optimal performance. Further increases in arousal cause performance to decline. The inverted-U reflects high performance with an optimal level of arousal and lesser performance with either low or very high arousal.

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