Student Presents on Why Athletes Have Anxiety Issues

April 23, 2015

By Jaime Eyssen

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Athletes everywhere experience performances plagued by symptoms of nervousness and worry, John Bruketa, a senior athletic training major of Brunswick, Ohio, provided a thorough analysis of these symptoms and other signs that cause anxiety in athletes during his presentation at SCHOLAR Day.

From his research, Bruketa was able to outline the levels of stress in athletes to be affected by athletes setting high and often-unreachable achievement goals, the behaviors of coaches and the coping skills of the individual. Mental symptoms such as fear and lack of confidence also play into the behaviors of athletes. These mental symptoms then lead to somatic symptoms such as increased blood pressure, muscular tension, heart problems and loss of sleep. Bruketa said that all of these symptoms increase the anxiety in athletes and can lead to “choking.”

Bruketa defined choking as, “When the game is on the line and athletes have to do what they do but they mess up.”

Bruketa concluded by offering several treatments for athletes coping with anxiety issues which include yoga, meditation, taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and simply talking to someone about it.

“If you feel like something is not right, ask someone,” Bruketa said.


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