Choking in Sport: ACT on It!

Robin Vealey*, William Low, Scott Pierce, David Quinones-Paredes

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The purpose of this article is to describe the phenomenon of choking in sport, and suggest a process approach to managing competitive pressure and choking (based on the sport, cognitive, and clinical psychology literature). Specific suggestions are provided for athletes to use before, during, and after competition. Athletes are encouraged to accept and acknowledge pressure and the feelings associated with choking, as opposed to attempting to avoid or get rid of these feelings. The strategy for athletes to use during competition is to ACT on it, or to follow the steps of Accept, Center, and Trust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-169
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2014


  • anxiety
  • choking
  • mental preparation
  • pressure


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