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How stress affects the body – and how practice can help athletes react better under pressure

By Andrew Wilkinson, PhD Candidate, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University
Jamie Barker, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University
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It isn’t easy being a professional athlete. Not only are the physical demands greater than most people could handle, athletes also face intense psychological pressure during competition.

This is something 18-year-old British tennis player Emma Raducanu wrote about on social media following her retirement from Wimbledon. Though the young player had been doing well in the tournament, she began having difficulty regulating her…


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