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'The yips’ is a psycho-neuro-muscular impediment affecting sportspersons, musicians, public performers and speakers etc etc. Symptoms include jerks, tremors, staggers and freezing, and may cause performance problems. The condition can occur suddenly and without apparent explanation - usually in practitioners with years of experience, and especially those whose sports skills require them to perform a single precise and well-timed action, such as golf and darts.

As an example, it's estimated that around 30% of professional golfers may be affected at some stage of their career.

The cause of 'Yips' is unknown, and it currently has no treatment or therapy.

Example research : A Multidisciplinary Study of the ‘Yips’ Phenomenon in Golf : An Exploratory Analysis Sports Medicine, Vol. 30, pages 423–437

Also see :'Choking' (sports etc)plugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_big'Choking' (sports etc)

The 'Choke' phenomenon is a ubiquitous syndrome which affects sports participants - and is also commonly seen in non-sports scenarios.

In a typical 'choke' scenario, when a player is presented with the opportunity for an exceptionally big 'win', he/she suddenly loses concentration and misses the opportunity at the last moment. It affects professionals and amateurs alike,

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