The Concepts of Clutch and Choking: Recommendations for Improving Performance under Pressure

in Journal of Coaching Education
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  • 1 Louisiana State University
  • | 2 All Points Connect, Cleveland, OH

The main purpose of this article is to provide suggestions to coaches on how they can assist young athletes in pressure packed situations to realize an ideal performance state. Suggestions provided address controlling emotions, adopting coping methods, practicing under game situations, embracing physical routines along with mental rehearsals, and engaging in self reflection/challenges. The strategies and discussions below should appear as vital for coaches attempting to help assist a young person’s future mental and emotional development. Furthermore, it should educate coaches and potentially others (e.g., spectators and media) on how to better handle these situations or instances so they can avoid the production of negative consequences on the lives of young people (e.g., choking label, social anxiety, poor self-esteem or image).


Editor’s Note This is first manuscript for the Journal of Coaching Education “From the Field” format. This new format provides an avenue for researchers who want to emphasize the application of their research, or expert level coaches who are willing to share their best practices from an action research perspective. The JCE is especially interested in demonstrating how action research and formal evaluation contributes to the art and science of coaching. While authors have been encouraged to provide a few examples to illustrate their discussion of the topic, we encourage readers to initiate a direct dialogue with the researchers and coaches for greater understanding and application to their specific sport setting. We hope that you will let us know what you think about our new manuscript format and will consider submitting a manuscript to share with this electronic learning community.

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