Anxiety and the Use of Coping Strategies during Penalty Kicks

Sarabia Hernandez, Timothy Baghurst


Anxiety can have deleterious effects on sports performance, particularly in high stress situations. Penalty shootouts in soccer are one such example. Therefore, understanding how anxiety can impact the penalty taker in addition to developing coping strategies for such a situation could lead to more successful outcomes. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide recommendations that can help coaches teach soccer players (kickers) how to cope with the anxiety likely to be experienced during penalty shootouts. Training methods that include inducing anxiety scenarios are discussed, and a rationale for developing psychological intervention training is provided.

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