A qualitative examination into the effects of anxiety on performance
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This study assessed golfers' real life competitive experiences in relation to the predictions of several contemporary models and theories of anxiety and performance. Through a series of post-competition interviews, this investigation offered an insight into the way two elite golfers experienced anxiety and whether or not these experiences were germane to the current anxiety literature. The investigation also supported several predictions of each of the current anxiety approaches. However, it became clear that in „real-life‟ situations a combination of each of the anxiety approaches‟ predictions are more relevant when referring to the anxiety/performance relationship. From an applied perspective the results suggest that sport psychologists need to consider the full combination of approaches available and be prepared to embrace the possibility that the predictions of several different models and theories may be influencing an athlete at any given time. Future research should continue to examine how the experience of anxiety can be potentially cyclical and when and how the predictions of each of the anxiety approaches can influence performance.
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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