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The Psychology of Swimming: How to Channel Your Emotions

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World Magazine, 02/21/19, 12:00PM CST

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Find someone to talk to about these emotions and pay attention to them, because they are all valid. 

You line up behind your lane and shake off the nerves you plan not to take into the water with you. Then, you take a deep breath as you hear the whistle signal that it is time to climb up on the block. Finally, the signal sounds. What do you feel?

The emotions that build up when it comes to racing in the sport of swimming are innumerable. The way emotions are handled varies by person, but they must be controlled to keep your head in the game, whether it is before, during, or after the race. Studies examine how emotions such as pleasureregretanxiety, etc. can have both a negative or empowering effect on how one swims.