USD Says 'Icing' Causes NFL Kickers to Choke

Psychology professor studies the effects of NFL time outs

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


San Diego Union Tribune -- San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding tried to chill out during the off-season, hoping to overcome the mental anguish of missing crucial field goals in a play-off game against the New York Jets.

The rest may do him little good. Same goes for other NFL kickers. An opposing team's coach can simply "ice" a kicker and make it harder for them to put the ball through the goal posts.

A new study by the University of San Diego says that kickers are less likely to make a field goal in a high pressure situation if the opposing team's coach calls a time out just as they're about to tee things up. The technique is called "icing."

Psychology professor Nadav Goldschmied reviewed data from six National Football League seasons (2002-08) and found that kickers who'd been iced scored only 66.4 percent of the time (73 out of 110 kicks). By comparison, kickers who were not iced had an 80.4 percent success rate (131 out of 161). (Full Story)


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