A form of stress modelling which has been used by coaches of international athletes especially in Eastern Europe. Isolation stress involves placing the competitor in a situation that requires self-coaching for a period. It is imposed when it is thought that a top competitor might be shifted to a new team and coach, unfamiliar with his or her unique characteristics, just before encountering international competition. It is hoped that voluntarily breaking away from an accustomed coach under controlled conditions may be less traumatic than would otherwise be the case.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.