According to Dr. Rob Bell, assistant professor at Ball State University and a certified sport psychologist, following a gameday or weekly routine leads to a better-focused, more relaxed athlete, ready to perform. Find out why these five pros lather up when prepping for battle.
|Ray Rice||Michael Phelps||Derek Jeter||Phil Hughes||Ray Allen|
|Baltimore Ravens, RB||U.S. Olympic Swimmer||New York Yankees, SS||New York Yankees, P||Boston Celtics, SG|
|Game-day shaving is a must for Rice. Aside from making him "nice and smooth," the ritual ensure he's "good to go."||The 14-time gold medalist shaves his entire body the day before a competition. Phelps says it makes him feel smooth and more aerodynamic.||Jeter ditches his five o'clock shadow daily to comply with team policy, which requires that all players be clean shaven.||Unlike Jeter, this Yank risks a fine since he doesn't shave on days he's scheduled to pitch. Hughes says when sweat drips on his clean cut face, it causes him to itch and lose focus.||After stretching precisely at 3:45 p.m. on game days, Allen shaves his entire head before walking on the court to warm up at exactly 4:30 p.m.|
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