An Experimental Study into the Effects of Anxiety Reduction Techniques on State and Trait Anxiety in Cricket Batters.
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The present study investigated the effects of state and trait anxiety and personality in an anxiety reducing intervention program. The anxiety reduction program consisted of effective goal setting, relaxation techniques and a gratitude diary was designed specifically to help those cricket players who suffered from anxiety. The subjects were male and female current members of the Edinburgh University Cricket Club who were separated into control and intervention groups using the results of the Sports Competition Anxiety Test. Over a three week period the intervention group received anxiety reduction training and were asked to practice specific techniques. The results showed that compared with the control group, the intervention group demonstrated a reduced state and trait anxiety in a competitive environment. Results also found that overall higher neuroticism scores were linked with higher state and trait anxiety. The results are discussed in throughout in the terms of anxiety reduction techniques, state and trait anxiety and the possible links between personality.