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ERIC Number: ED085340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Pages: 31
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Superstition in Sport.
Gregory, C. Jane; Petrie, Brian M.
The introduction of this investigation into superstitions of athletes reviews past research on the subject. It is stated, though, that general research on superstitions mentions little directly related to sports; so, by necessity, recourse is made to sports stories and newspaper and magazine articles. The main body of this paper presents results from a questionnaire on personal superstitions submitted to male and female intercollegiate athletes and male and female nonathletes. Tables with results and comparative figures are included in the text. The paper states that athletes were revealed as no more superstitious than nonathletes in the realm of general superstitions, although they did list more superstitions pertaining to sports than nonathletes did; females in both instances were more superstitious than males but males had more sports-related superstitions. Many sports-associated superstitions, it is stated, seem related to certain aspects of general superstitions (e.g., female athletes' concern for uniform and hair, social activities; male athletes' concern for food, position or playing order, travel dates and times). The conclusion of this paper, on the basis of this study and previous research, presents two general statements as to superstitions: a) under the impact of stress (in this case athletics), even educated people seek emotional balance; b) people don't become less superstitious with time but rather change the nature of their beliefs. (JA)
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