A mat­ter of rou­tine Pre-race rit­u­als pay off

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Ever no­ticed how top ath­letes fol­low the same rit­ual be­fore an event? It’s not just su­per­sti­tion. New re­search sug­gests ad­her­ing to a set pre-per­for­mance rou­tine (PPR) can op­ti­mise per­for­mance. One study found that use of a pre-per­for­mance rou­tine im­proved task per­for­mance by 29 per cent. Sport psy­chol­o­gists

3 be­lieve that PPRS may in­flu­ence sports per­for­mance by lim­it­ing dis­trac­tion, low­er­ing anx­i­ety and in­creas­ing self-be­lief. For best re­sults, keep it sim­ple, con­sis­tent and rel­e­vant to the task in hand.

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