Why Two NFL Coaching Transitions Have Effected Team Anxiety and Confidence

June 15, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every football player with a pulse and a pair of tight pants has felt the familiar squeeze of anxiety clinching tightly around their chest. The pressure to perform amidst the fear of failure can either paralyze or empower a player depending upon one’s character, external perceptions, self-confidence and even experience level.
This potent chemical response in the brain and body plays a critical role in the performance of athletes everywhere. This is especially true of athletes competing in one of the most violent team sports in the world, at the highest levels of competition. It only seems reasonable to say self-confidence is an absolute necessity to survive the NFL.
However, if an athlete is able to completely abandon the grip of nervousness, he then runs the risk of facing a new animal altogether: overconfidence.
Success in the NFL hinges on a delicate balancing act between confidence and anxiety, belief in oneself and fear of failure. Each serves a role in maximi...

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