Athletic Superstitions, Real or Myth?

Hanna Saghatchi and Edited by Abby Gweon

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Superstitions are everywhere: some believe, some don’t. Athletes on campus are

no exception. “I tie my shoe laces in a certain pattern,” Tala Saghatchi, a freshman, says. Many famous athletes, like tennis player Serena Williams, also follow that ritual. The most known superstitious athlete is Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks. His ritual consists of eating chicken and wearing 5 pairs of socks while playing! It does not stop there; he also sleeps with the shorts of the opposing team they are playing.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, studies show that we develop superstitions for a numerous amount of reasons. One is repeat behavior. Usually we call something that we unknowingly do a habit. Habits don’t require any mental effort, which is why they have always been so convenient. It is proven that humans and animals attach themselves to these habits because they are afraid of the unknown. They don’t want to find out what happens if they change their routine.

Superstitions have even been adapted by wildlife! The origin of superstitions is believed to have began when humans developed normal brain activity and psychology. With believers of superstitions there will always be disbelievers.



Websites referenced: *British Brodcasting Corporation
Photos courtesy of google images