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Intervention strategies to prevent choking in penalty shootouts

Written by Adam Morris
Choking in penalty shootouts is an area which has been widely studied among sport psychologists. Much research has looked at the reasons as to why players choke, however there is very little research looking at intervention programmes to prevent it from happening. We shall look at two intervention strategies which can help prevent a player from choking. The main research around choking has been linked to an athlete’s attention when executing a particular skill.  Wulf, Hob and Prinz (1998) attempted to address this issue by researching into a persons internal and external focus of attention.  Internal focus is where a...
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For all of his greatness, I have always had my reservations about Rory McIlroy. He undoubtedly has spectacular golfing abilities and to have achieved what he has so far already makes him one of the greats. However my suspicions were first set racing when we witnessed the spectacular choke at...
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The London Olympics of 2012 showcased a buffet of sporting heroes, but the Games also proved a ‘choking’ minefield for many athletes. Erratic shooting and overambitious passes in the Women’s Basketball resulted in the headline, ‘Team GB choke in final quarter’18. The Australian Men’s 4x100m relay team was accused of...
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