We’ve all seen athletes performing ritual movements before competition and have heard stories about the baseball player with his lucky socks or the hockey player with his favorite stick. In fact, in pro sports, superstition and ritual is widespread and considered normal. To the onlooker, it may seem silly and strange, but if you consider how athletes use these rituals, you might see that many of them are strategies also used in the world of sports psychology. In fact, for some players these patterns may actually influence success of the field.
The above paragraph is the intro to an article by Elizabeth Quinn that appears on About.com. Here’s the link to the full article.