Mental Edge: Having emotional control

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Mental Edge: Having emotional control

High School Sports

Mental Edge: Having emotional control


Emotional control is essential to peak performance in sports and is a facet of composure. Every athlete has one time where they were upset, frustrated, or angry at their performance or another person’s performance. How well you can perform after a mistake depends on your ability to let go and stay composed.

Many athletes do not control their emotions and sabotage their own performance. They simply do not have the skills to cope with adversity. Most highly motivated athletes with perfectionistic tendencies are prone to getting upset and frustrated with mistakes.

What is emotional control? Emotional control is the ability to stay even-tempered, level headed, or to have a calm mind when challenged by mishaps or adversity. Even the top athletes in the world get upset with their performance, but they are able to stay in control and get back to business quickly. This is what separates athletes who can respond to mistakes from athletes who crack and lose their ability to stay focused during competition.


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