Impact of anger on performance

A number of different things can cause a performer to get angry in sport. If a performer cannot control their anger, it can often lead to negative consequences for both them and the overall performance.

Examples of anger in sport

  • at self for mistakes
  • at officials for bad decisions
  • at opponents for a foul tackle
  • at opponents for being better
  • at a poor scoreline
  • at teammates for their errors

Anger impacts people in different ways. For example, anger at oneself for making basic mistakes and anger at opponents for a bad tackle can impact the performer differently. 

Question

Using the 3-step process, how might anger at oneself for a mistake impact performance in football?

An example answer could be...

  1. Anger at self for poor miss in football.
  2. Take all anger out on next shot and hit it as hard as possible.
  3. Lose accuracy and miss again.
Question

Using the 3-step process, how might anger at an opponent for a poor tackle impact performance in football?

An example answer could be...

  1. Anger at opponent for poor tackle in football.
  2. Next time opponent has the ball, you lunge in and tackle them late for revenge.
  3. Receive a yellow card and play the rest of the game under the threat of being sent off for a second offence.
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Show off your knowledge in factors questions; you can give more than one answer for one factor. Show your breadth of knowledge with different examples of the 3-step process.

However, if anger can be controlled, it can actually be channelled to positively impact performance. 

Referee giving a yellow card to footballer
Uncontrolled anger can ultimately result in a yellow card.