The Battle in the Pool
Anxiety is a type of mental disorder that can affect each person differently; it can be something that is developed over time or a person can have natural high anxiety. With swimming, anxiety can muster into something that can turn from the love of a sport into something that causes a large amount of anxiety for an athlete. Over the course of a swimmer’s career, the pressure that they face will start to build as they get further in their careers. From turning the success based on how they are performing into having to perform everything to help their team win a championship, their anxiety can be dismissed as nothing but nerves. Without getting proper help, athletes’ anxiety could have a negative effect on the outcome of their performances.
The Pressure of the Swim
Each athlete has a different approach when it comes to their sport. With swimming, it is as much of an individual sport as it is a team sport. When you race, the goal is to score points to help your team win the meet. The pressure of succeeding and performing well for the school can lead a swimmer down a dark hole that will fester into anxiety, which will affect their performance in both their sport and school. Some swimmers are not as deeply affected as others, but at some point in their career they will have to deal with some type of anxiety. It is often overlooked in athletes that anxiety can affect their performance, but that is an idea that is very far from the truth.