Anxiety and Its Impact on Sports, Academics and Performance: Understanding the Mental and Emotional Side of Performance

Presented by Graham Hartke, Psy.D.
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Dr. Hartke discussed how to develop you mental skills as it related to successful performance in sports, school and performing arts. He offered strategies for all ages that could be used to enhance performance and reduce performance anxiety.


  1. Dr. G. Hartke says:

    My son is a pitcher on his baseball team, his tics always get worse prior to and during the game. He also gets hitting anxiety…is there strategies I can work with him prior?

    In these situations it can be helpful to use deep breathing and mindfulness while he is at practice and in game situations to help him relax in the moment. Also it could be helpful to seek out a psychologist or other mental health professional help to address the tics and anxiety.

  2. Dr. G. Hartke says:

    Could you comment on fear of losing(or not being perfect, accepted) that causes child to give up or avoid an activity?

    The fear of losing/perfectionism can lead to significant anxiety and at times, irritability, frustration and anger for children involved in sports and performing arts. How this fear is specifically addressed depends on the individual child, but typically involves speaking with the child, identifying the core fears and concerns, and utilizing a combination of cognitive (thinking) strategies, relaxation strategies, and helping kids to not avoid activities. If children are experiencing a great deal of difficulty in this area it could be helpful to work with a psychologist or other mental health professional.