Feb 15, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: You don't have to be an Olympian to deal with pressure like an elite athlete. Sports psychologist Nicole Detling, what's a good strategy to deal with performance anxiety just for a regular person trying to, say, nail a big presentation or speech?

Dr. Detling: So something athletes hear me say all the time is, "I don't care who you are, what sport you do, how good you are. If you look for reasons to fail, you will find them. But on the other hand, if you look for reasons to succeed, you will find those reasons as well." And so, thinking about it in terms of just reframing the thoughts in your mind from looking for reasons to fail, to looking for reasons to success, that's one strategy.

Interviewer: So whether I'm an Olympic athlete, or giving that presentation, are my strategies going to be same?

Dr. Detling: The things that I teach Olympic athletes are the exact same things that anybody out there can use when they're dealing with stress and pressure.

Interviewer: Cool.

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