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Q: I get very nervous in competition. Aside from competing more, is there anything I can do to help me relax?

A: Make sure you are sitting down between your warm-ups and as you wait for your attempts. Sitting will help to put you in a meditative state of mind. Put a towel over your head to block out the excitement and listen for your coach to call you when your clock has started. Associate a certain smell with relaxation. Many weightlifters for example will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath or in the sauna. A few drops of this same oil under the nostrils in competition helps to eliminate some of your nerves. If you have prepared well in training then once you get in the warm-up room or on the platform most of your nervousness should have subsided.