Routines, Rituals, and Rugby: Case Study of a World Class Goal Kicker

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of Glamorgan, Wales
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This paper presents a case study of the most prolific rugby goal kicker of all time. In the first part of the study, the consistency of his preperformance routine was analyzed over kicks of varying difficulty. Results indicate that while certain physical aspects of his routine remain consistent, both his concentration time and physical preparation time increase with kick difficulty. In the second part of the study, the participant was interviewed about his physical and mental preparation for rugby goal kicking in competitive situations. The interview revealed that the participant incorporates a number of psychological skills into his routine, including thought stopping, cueing, and imagery but does not do so consistently. However, he perceives the timing of his routine to be highly consistent. Implications of these findings for the recommendation that performers strive for temporal consistency in their routines (Boutcher, 1990) are discussed.

Robin Jackson is now with the Department of Sport Sciences, Brunel University, Osterley Campus, Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK, TW7 5DU. Julien Baker is with the School of Applied Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK, CF37 1DL.

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