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For a team or an athlete, a sudden or gradual decline in form that extends beyond normal fluctuations. The occurrence of a slump can be self-perpetuating by demotivating athletes, undermining their confidence, and increasing their anxiety. Coaches and sport psychologists have devised various intervention strategies, including a specific slump-related coping strategy based on the COPE model, to deal with the negative ways in which athletes may apprehend, interpret, and respond to a slump.

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