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Definition: Composure is the state of being calm and in control of oneself.

Symptoms: In sports, an athlete with very high-performance expectations is likely to become easily frustrated and lose control emotionally when he or she believes that those expectations are not being met. Identifying the mental breakdowns that cause such a loss of composure is essential.

Solutions: In his article, “The Key to Composure in Sports” at, Mike Edger identifies the top five mental errors that can affect composure.

  1. Perfectionism – Expecting to perform perfectly causes a loss of composure because you become frustrated and then focus too much on your errors instead of on the tasks needed to perform well.
  2. Social approval – Worrying too much about how you think others may judge you distracts from your performance.

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