How to handle an anger problem in sports – Ben Eager

how-to-handle-an-anger-problem-in-sports-ben-eager-photoAnger can be a good tool in the sports toolbox. Players can use anger to forge through a difficult time, gather up more energy or power to the end of a game. Anger becomes a problem when the negative effects outweigh the positive ones.

Some negative effects of anger:

  • Causing injury to yourself or opponent.
  • Decreasing performance output.
  • Reflecting poorly on you and/or your teammates.
  • Losing a game or match.

Congratulations, Ben Eager, you’ve manager to hit all the negative effects of anger in your conference finals game 2 performance against the Vancouver Canucks.

Ben’s performance sets the standards for anger meltdowns in a team sport. I wish there was an award, but you’ll have to settle for the, well, display in the penalty box.

How could Ben have handled his anger problem effectively?

Acceptance – He could accept the Sharks are outmatched against the Canucks.

Removal – He could remove himself from the situation, though being sent to the penalty box for a fight doesn’t count and defeats the purpose.

Self-control – Catch yourself before you make an outburst or a threatening action toward the opposing goalie.

Grow up – Realize that your selfish actions cause your teammates to suffer.

The Sharks have no chance of coming back and winning this series.


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