Behind the athlete

Behind the athlete

Behind every athlete is a ritual. A certain behavior or action that the athlete performs with the belief that the behavior has a specific influence on their performance. According to Barbara Stoberock, professor in social sciences and cultural behavior, these rituals provide a boost of confidence and the sense of control to the athlete. Rituals can range from clothes they wear, music they listen to, or their warm-up partner. Today we are meeting professional volleyball player Emma Burton from Australia to have a chat about her pre-game rituals. 

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