Hull’s Drive Theory proposes that an individual’s arousal or state anxiety increases, so does performance. This theory has been proven false in two scenarios:
1. Complex activities
2. Novice learners
Imagine trying to teach a snatch to someone on day 1 while yelling and shoving pre-workout down their throat. Most coaches know better. However, how many of us are guilty of pushing those who have trouble with a kipping handstand pushups to “kick harder” or “go for it.” I have.
Before you utilize adrenaline and peak state to your advantage, identify:
1. Is this too complex of an activity for this individual at this time?
2. Does this person’s performance improve with increased arousal?
If the answer is no, it’s time to modify the movement so they can get back to an ideal performance state