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Ch 21: Optimal Arousal

Goal: Improve performance by effectively identifying optimal level of arousal and achieving that level

• Define arousal in sport psychology terms
• Describe the inverted U chart
• Place various activities where they belong on the scale of arousal based on the activities’ optimal level of arousal
• Improve one’s performance by controlling arousal to ensure the optimal level

Image 21.1 The Inverted U Chart
Image 21.2 Different sports on the Inverted U
Worksheet 21.1 Classifying sports onto the continuum of arousal
Worksheet 21.2 Analyze your own sport

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