Mental conditioning: Is your brain in the game?

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Mental conditioning: Is your brain in the game?

Mental conditioning can help you enhance your athletic performance. Consider these core techniques.

Not playing up to your ability? Choking under the pressure? Maybe your brain isn't in the game.

Whether you're preparing for a marathon or simply hoping to improve your weekly golf game, mental conditioning may be just what you need to enhance your performance. Consider the benefits — improved concentration and focus, controlled emotions, confidence in the face of challenge.

Now how do you get there?

Keep your edge

All this talk about relaxation, focus and imagery doesn't mean you should be passive during your sport or activity. Athletes can be quite calm in terms of anxiety even while their heart rate increases during a demanding athletic situation. This higher level of arousal seems to facilitate eye-hand response time.

Last Updated: 05/02/2006
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