The role of an understudy is often criminally underappreciated, yet the lack of recognition makes the task no less demanding.
Players on the substitutes bench — the equivalent in the sporting world — face similar challenges. However, unlike actors, athletes are supported by a body of sports science to help them thrive in the most high-pressure situations.
Until entertainment comes to offer its own body of peak performance insight, understudies would be wise to look to sports psychology to make the most of their experience.
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