Background: The Artistic Gymnastics is a sport that combines elements that defy gravity aimed at perfection in every gesture engine. The Artistic Gymnastics female consists of four
sets: jump on the table, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. It is an individual sport and collective, where there is all the time the athletes are in great psychological pressure situation.
According to studies, very high levels of anxiety can inhibit athletic performance and can distort the perception of the athlete, causing erroneous and damaging reactions in times of concentration and
decision making. The objective of the study is to compare the level of anxiety in competition with a common day of training in a group of Artistic Gymnastics athletes from the city of Santos.
Methods:The sample consisted of 9 athletes Artistic Gymnastics the high-yield team aged 7 and 14, belonging to Brazil Football Club, located in the city of Santos / São Paulo. Two
questionnaires were used, the questionnaire "Sport Competition Anxiety Test" - SCAT to assess the trait anxiety level (evaluates how the athlete is out of competition, personal characteristics of the
individual as it is in everyday life) and "Competitive Anxiety inventory- 2 CSAI II (evaluates the anxiety-state, which is the temporary emotional state) which is divided into three subscales: somatic
anxiety (happens from one moment to another, being perceived by physiological reactions), cognitive anxiety (assesses the degree where the person concerned or have negative thoughts) and
self-confidence. For processing and analysis of data, the Shapiro-Wilk test was used to analyze the normality of the data and the T-Student test to compare the data.
Results: The athletes evaluated in this study showed a high level of trait anxiety (100%). The results in anxiety-cognitive state, were classified as low-level anxiety on a typical
day training (17 ± 2,12) and competition were classified as anxiety high level (28.33 ± 3.87), the state-anxiety somatic were classified as low-level anxiety in an average day training (16.44 ± 2.78)
and competition were classified as anxiety average level (24.66 ± 2.78) and self-confidence were classified as self-confident middle level an average day (23 ± 4.27) and competition were classified as
self-confidence low (15.55 ± 3.67).
Conclusions: We concluded that the level of anxiety state of the athletes is higher in Competition compared with a common day of training.