How to Be a Clutch Performer How do you perform when the game is on the line and you feel pressure to perform? Are you able to rise to the occasion and perform optimally in the clutch or do you become overwhelmed and choke under pressure? A clutch performance is essentially the opposite of choking. Being clutch in sports means the athlete is able to perform in pressure … [Read more...] about Carlos Beltran: A Clutch Performer Under Pressure
Choking in Sports
Do You Choke Under Pressure? What does it mean in sports psychology terms when I talk about “nerves” in sport? If we use the term, “nerves of steel,” we are referring to a mindset: the courage that enables athletes to perform in the face of danger, difficulty or fear. Some athletes who excel in critical situations become highly touted for their ability to steady their … [Read more...] about Do You Have Nerves of Steel?
Pressure to Win in Sports Did the US Team choke at the 2012 Ryder Cup with a four-point lead going into the final day of singles matches? Johnny Miller called it the “Big Collapse at Chicago.” Okay, I know, Miller is negative anyway. But the US Team is typically solid in singles play, right? Not in this Ryder Cup of 2012. You have to wonder if the pressure was too much for … [Read more...] about US Team Collapses at 2012 Ryder Cup
Performance Anxiety in Competition Preparing for a championship competition can cause a lot of performance anxiety for professional and amateur athletes. Often, an athlete has prepared their entire life to perform in the big game or match, which can lead to pressure. How athletes cope with this pressure determines if they will choke or rise to the challenge. Athletes will … [Read more...] about Sports Anxiety and Big Competitions
What Are The Causes of Choking in Competition? What does it really mean to choke in sports? It's often a dirty five letter word for athletes. Something they never want to experience. The term “choke” comes from the concept that you feel like you can’t breath – or someone is strangling you – when under pressure; a lack of oxygen. But choking has a wider meaning to me. Choking … [Read more...] about What is Choking in Sports?