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A quality characterized by a person who is habitually sceptical, and who has a tendency to deny, oppose, or resist suggestions or commands. Periods of negativity can affect all types of athletes, regardless of their personality, and may lead to above-optimal arousal and anxiety, which adversely affects sport performance. Negativity can be treated by several types of intervention strategy, including cognitive-affective stress management and progressive muscle relaxation.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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