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Superstition among athletes. Define superstition. Superstition is a belief not logically related to the outcome, yet the person believes that it is . Superstition can often turn into obsessive behavior . Athletes tend to be superstitious, not obsessive. Proof by Research.

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Superstition among athletes

Superstitionamong athletes


Define superstition
Define superstition

  • Superstition is a belief not logically related to the outcome, yet the person believes that it is.

  • Superstition can often turn into obsessive behavior.

  • Athletes tend to be superstitious, not obsessive.


Proof by research
Proof by Research

  • B.F. Skinner tested pigeons by giving them food in the same manner repeatedly.

  • The pigeons started doing the same head-turning routine every time they thought that they were going to get food.

  • They believed that turning their heads would produce a favorable outcome.


How it ties into athletics
How it ties into athletics

  • Different sports have different superstitions used by many different athletes.

  • Almost all athletes have superstitions unique to themselves.


Golf

  • Many use the same golf ball markers for every single tournament.

  • Many think that it is unlucky to play with a golf ball with a number on it higher than 4.


Tennis
Tennis

  • Some players believe that it is unlucky to hold more than 2 balls while serving.

  • Many players bounce the ball a certain number of times before serving.


Rafael nadal
Rafael Nadal

  • Turns water bottles toward the court before each match

  • Claims that he has no superstition


Jeff stock
Jeff Stock

  • Got into a ski accident

  • Carries around the“lucky” ski pole from his accident in the trunk of his car and refuses to take it out

  • Also claims to not be superstitious


In summary
In summary:

Many athletes have superstitious habits. They may be as simple as bouncing a ball a certain number of times, but they still happen and are still believed to cause better luck.


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