JACKSON, R. and MASTERS, R., 2006. Ritualized behavior in sport. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X06009423.
We consider evidence for ritualized behavior in the sporting domain, noting that such behavior appears commonplace both before a competitive encounter and as part of pre-performance routines. The specific times when ritualized behaviors are displayed support the supposition that they provide temporary relief from pre-competition anxiety and act as thought suppressors in the moments preceding skill execution.