O C D in S P O R T
It’s match day.
The crowds are descending upon the stadium and tension and anticipation thicken the air with the humidity of rivalry.
A hundred thousand rituals repeated by fans and players alike, to secure a win, to appease some unseen power with a series of benign and often bizarre offerings. This is the moment, just before the first whistle, the first touch…that defines one of the most interesting human coping mechanisms. An obsessive behaviour so grounded in sport it has almost become an acceptable characteristic of a successful athlete. For some, obsessive compulsive disorder is a debilitating mental illness, but for others, it is almost a strategy that, when harnessed, can appease anxiousness and develop focus. Read the rest of this entry