|dc.description.abstract||Objective: The purpose of the study was to qualitatively examine the anxiety effects on
free-throw performance through a multi-method approach.
Design and Methods: Four experienced male basketball players were interviewed
alongside video footage of their free throw performances in a low-threat, high-threat and
in-game condition. Semi structured interviews were used to collect in-depth explanations
of participants anxiety, coping mechanisms, control perceptions and gaze behaviour
during each condition.
Results and Conclusion: The key findings of the study show possible support for both
attentional and directional explanations to performance impairments under elevated levels
of anxiety. The study also found that participants used pre-shot routines, controlled
breathing and self-talk during elevated levels of anxiety. Specifically, participants
described focus enhancing qualities from using pre-shot routine, relaxing qualities from
controlled breathing and self-confidence enhancements when using self-talk.||en_US