Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?

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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« on: 16/06/2010 07:24:50 »
Why do sportsmen, and even spectators, 'punch' the air when they win tennis or score a goal? There must be an evolutionary purpose to this reaction of competitive behaviour.

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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« Reply #1 on: 19/06/2010 11:11:17 »
Is it just a learned behaviour? We do it because we see others do it...? A bit like "High Five" ?

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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« Reply #2 on: 19/06/2010 16:56:02 »
I think he's doing it because he put his money in the RBS  [;D]
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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« Reply #3 on: 19/06/2010 17:50:58 »
Because in tennis if you punch your opponent you get banned from the sport.  [:)]

Punching the air is a symbolic coup de grâce.
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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« Reply #4 on: 19/06/2010 18:09:30 »
It's a celebratory outlet !..that sudden rush of adrenalin needs to be used..........as opposed to the withdrawn nature of a loss or defeat.
..plus..the 'Celebratory Fairies' are always ready and waiting to sting ewe with their celebratory dust when ever ewe win something...this is true.
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Why do sportsmen 'punch' the air?
« Reply #5 on: 20/06/2010 06:50:40 »
The exertion that was put out to win they need a break, so I think it, is easier to punch the air, than jumping over the net.
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An immediate punch with a slow extration is suggestive of impaling your opposition ...

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