This is the time of year when some sports are in playoff mode, and others are just beginning their season. With the NFL draft right around the corner, there are many draft pick hopefuls waiting to hear their names called on that stage and have their careers begin. As fun as the NFL draft is for fans, players face a wave of anxiety.
A common misconception is that the butterflies and jitters felt before a big event is just “nerves,” something unimportant. Actually, while most players can push through, anxiety is a serious mental health problem that can sap a person’s energy and ruin their concentration. For athletes, there is no good reason to let anxiety steal any of the energy needed for a successful career.
Sport psychology helps athletes and performers become mentally tough. Training the brain helps improve overall performance. Addressing anxiety, rather than ignoring it, can help athletes overcome challenges and reach their goals.
With the NFL draft right around the corner, athletes anxiously await their fate and hope to enter into a contract. With the use of sport psychology, the overwhelming fear and anxiety can be reduced to excitement and butterflies just by implementing tools learned during sessions. Athletes can take a stand against anxiety during competition to ensure their night at the NFL draft is nothing but a night filled with excitement and fun.