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Managing Performance Anxiety in Teen Athletes

Contact Information

For more information and to register, call (608) 890-6464.


Meet Our Sport Psychologist

Shilagh Mirgain, PhD

UW Health sport psychologist Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, leads a two-week group that helps athletes learn mind-body skills to help manage anxiety during sporting events and learn what to do if anxiety is interfering with performance.


About the Group


Group session include:

  • Stress management techniques to decrease anxious arousal
  • Cognitive restructuring to let go of anxious thoughts
  • Uncovering expectations and switching to a growth mindset
  • Quickly recovering from mistakes to get back into the game
  • Re-centering techniques to calm you and get back into the present
  • Identifying actions, thoughts and behaviors that help you perform well
  • Visualization to mentally rehearse your best performance
  • Developing a training program to mentally and physically prepare for competition

Group Details

  • Dates: Mondays, July 18 and July 25, 2016
  • Time: 9-10:30am
  • Location: Research Park Clinic, 621 Science Drive, Madison
  • Cost: Covered by many health insurance programs. Please call your insurance provider.
  • Group Leader: Shilagh Mirgain, PhD
  • Registration: For more information and to register, please contact Michele Johnson at (608) 890-6464 or