Anxiety can certainly determine performance but there are strategies to cope with these symptoms of stress
Sport Psychology has become focused on how athletes in the aquatic sports interpret and deal with their anxiety and stress, particularly in the pre-competitive and competitive arena. Symptoms of stress are seen as to be “coped” with through a variety of mechanisms. These strategies include goal-setting, mental imagery, self-talk and relaxation. Used well, these coping mechanisms can help to optimize performance. Injuries bring additional stress for the aquatic athlete adding the uncertainty of recovery. With the help of a multidisciplinary team, injuries can be overcome, leaving the athlete with added stress, but the challenge of overcoming adversity.