Sports Participation : Physical And Psychological Exhaustion Of Athletes

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Sport participation demands both physical and psychological exhaustion of athletes. Beginning with youth leagues and continuing on to the professional level, athletes are forced to deal with the pressures that come with competing against others in events that are significant to the athletes and others, such as parents, coaches, and peers. Some athletes adapt successfully with this tension, and for them sports are pleasurable. Others unable to adapt find sports to be a stressful experience. Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. The emotional responses are likely to happen when we see ourselves unable to cope with the demand of a situation that has the potential of harmful consequences. In response to such assessments, our body rallies itself to deal with the crisis, and individuals experience physiological stimulation, the third element of stress. This instinctive fight-or-flight response includes a general stimulation of the body. Heart rate increases, blood rushes to the muscles, blood pressure and muscle tension increase, and perspiration may occur. All humans are familiar with how their body becomes stimulated when they perceive danger. Fear and anxiety are often considered unpleasant emotions that most humans try to avoid. There is evidence that this is the exact reason why many stress ridden young athletes quit sports. Avoiding or quitting sports is one way some children escape…

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