Topic: Sport Psychology
Publication: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (2012)
Article: Something to shout about: A simple, quick performance enhancement technique improved strength in both experts and novices
Authors: Amy S. Welch & Mark Tschampl
Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin
Have you ever watched tennis – particularly the women’s professional tennis association – and wondered why the athletes grunted as they struck the ball? Though I cannot speak on behalf of any of the players, my assumption was that it increased the attention and ultimately performance of the athlete.
According to research by Amy Welch & Mark Tschampl, I was half right, and the grunting does improve performance, but the boost is related to increased strength and not increased attention.