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Gary Speed, who was a great penalty taker,
Used to put an image in his mind each time he was about to take a penalty of which way he would turn to celebrate once it went in. That way, it took his mind off the penalty itself.
you could apply the same argument to most aspects of most sports, or other other stressful situation come to that.
Pressure invites mistakes, but if it's a situation you have practiced and rehearsed often enough, the neural networks involved in carrying out the task will be more firmly established and so a favourable outcome becomes more likely. Of course the nerves have to be brought under control as well for this to succeed. Pressure basically boils down to concern over other peoples' reactions, and the negative consequences for our own self-image.
I wonder how much teams practice them.
Spain were hopeless at them,as well as Japan and it may well occur again in these knockout stages.
World Cups have been lost on them.