Cyclists’ Descent Anxiety – Interview w. Andrew Jacobs

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Andrew Jacobs – the “Good Doctor” about cycling and downhill anxiety occurrences in cyclists.

Dr. Jacobs was the sport psychologist at the 1983 Worlds in cycling, where the winner of the event was Greg Lemond.  Dr. Jacobs has witnessed many crashes in his time.

He believes that this is a FEAR issue more than an Anxiety issue.

Here are some of the ways that he suggested work for helping cyclists’ overcome their fears of downhill riding:

  • Desensitization
  • Visualization
  • Positive visualizations
  • Relaxation
    Visualization training

In a properly sequenced intervention, it is best to first:

Identify the Issue and Set Goals .  Define the fear and decide how to deal with it.

Need to find ways to eliminate negative thinking and alleviate fears.

More to follow…

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