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I believe this is very person specific and I agree that anger can be used positively. Individuals use anger to help them reach their optimal arousal levels which helps in relation to performance. However if this becomes too much it is easy for the athlete or players performance to suffer and they lose focus on the task in hand.

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Elly Moore said:

I believe "fire and desire" to be very different from "anger" ... "fire and desire" can give you an edge whereas "anger" can have the opposite effect.

I ask the players I coach not to get angry with self or others as that level of emotional arousal can divert focus and energy away from optimum performance: not only is anger a mental distraction which promotes negative thinking, it has detrimental physical effects (muscle tension, increased heart rate and increased breathing) which can hijack the normal physiological/hormonal responses required for that optimum performance.

I aim to provide players with some coping skills/techniques - e.g. progressive relaxation, deep breathing, imagery - all of which can be used to deal with anxiety as well as anger.

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