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Developing Mindsets

How to Manage Stress and Reduce its Impact

In the second of three resources, Megan Little explores the benefits of supporting your athletes to better manage stress and suggests valuable behaviours to role model

When dealing with stress, it can often be helpful to go back to the root of the problem. Even when dealing with inevitable and unavoidable stress, we can still make changes to reduce and minimise its impact.

Step 1: Stress audit

Identifying indicators of stress will allow you to determine what needs to be changed or adapted.

Importantly, if you’re trying to support an athlete, gaining an understanding of what is happening in both their sporting and non-sporting environments is essential. 

As we discovered in the first part of this series, personal challenges are a significant type of stressor, as the athlete’s non-sporting contexts and situations need to be considered to understand how the stress and effects of these may be ‘overspilling’ into their performance. 

Ideally, this is best done through multiple assessments, to create an audit of the stress indicators.

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