Clutch performance in sports is the phenomenon of athletes under pressure, often in the last minutes of a game, to summon strength, concentration and whatever else necessary to succeed, to perform well, and perhaps change the outcome of the game. It occurs in basketball, hockey, football, and other sports. The opposite is "choking": failing to perform as needed, when under pressure.
It is a phenomenon that is studied in psychology and in the more specialized area of sport psychology. The greatest part of the academic literature is focused on baseball, specifically on clutch hitting, and addresses the academic issue of whether it exists or not.
- M. Otten (October 2009). "Choking vs. clutch performance: a study of sport performance under pressure". J Sport Exerc Psychol. 31 (5). pp. 583–601.
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