Managing Performance Stress

Managing Performance Stress

by David Pargman, Pargam Pargam, David Pargam
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415952522

ISBN-13: 9780415952521

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Over the past 16 years, new theories and models have emerged in the stress and anxiety knowledge base regarding the unique forms associated with performance. Existing theories have been applied in creative and helpful ways to better explicate relationships between stress and anxiety with performance. Recently, more sophisticated statistical strategies have been

Overview

Over the past 16 years, new theories and models have emerged in the stress and anxiety knowledge base regarding the unique forms associated with performance. Existing theories have been applied in creative and helpful ways to better explicate relationships between stress and anxiety with performance. Recently, more sophisticated statistical strategies have been applied to data collected with performers, and additional, safe and expedient strategies for managing stress and anxiety have surfaced. Despite these new advances, the field has been lacking an up-to-date and practical text for undergraduate and graduate students in performing or performance-mentoring programs.

Managing Performance Stress examines psychological and psychophysiological models and theories that explain causes of anxiety and stress. An easy-to-use reference work for athletes, musicians, dancers and actors as well as those who devise and conduct their training programs, the book presents exercises, coaching devices, and strategies for conquering stress and anxiety. It is an invaluable resource for those who are performers, will be performers, or who are preparing to mentor, coach or teach performers. The principles enunciated in Managing Performance Stress apply equally to the musician holding an oboe and the athlete holding a baseball bat. The issues explored and the theories, principles, models, hypotheses discussed all bear upon and clarify arousal, stress and anxiety related to artistic and sport performance, irrespective of its kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415952521
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
What Is Stress?     1
Signs of Stress: Different Perspectives     15
Sources of Stress     29
What Is Performance?     47
Skilled Behavior     67
Assessment and Evaluation of Performance     83
Performance and Self-Perceptions     97
Stress as an Inhibitor or Enhancer of Performance     109
The Assessment of Stress Reactions     117
Cognition and Cognitive Style     129
Cognitive Stress Management Techniques: Planning and Understanding Cognitive Strategies     141
Relaxation Techniques     163
Biofeedback Training, Chemical Interventions, and Nutritional Considerations     183
Exercise     205
References     221
Index     239

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