Penalty kicks, especially taken during a shootout, are high-pressure situations. This is true for both the shot taker and the goalkeeper. Success for either player depends on a variety of factors, both physical and mental.
From our soccer partner The Science of Soccer Online, we came across this archived synopsis of a soccer penalty shootout study that observed what behaviors worked or didn't work. A great read, especially if you ever find your self in this situation!
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