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08-10-2012, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by alanschu View Post
To me, it does seem clear that psychology can play a key role in athletic performance. Chuck Knoblauch was regarded as a great fielder until he inexplicably starting having troubles making throws to 1st base. He attempted many forms of treatment to try to deal with it but the situation continued to get worse. He was in a "cold slump" that he was never able to recover from.
Steve Sax had the same trouble with such a seemingly simple task. It's definitely psychological in those cases.

It may have been psychological in Chamberlain's case too, but he was able to overcome that for a short period. The question may be why his FT% declined so much in later years, instead of improve with practice.

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