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TitleConcentration: Focus Your Mind, Power Your Game
Author(s)Marie Dalloway
PublishedFebruary 1993
PublisherOptimal Performance Institute
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
One of our family "legends" is the story of a particular busboy. He, laden with fresh cutlery and napkins, would approach a table. You could actually *see* him focus his concentration. Then, in a blur of moving arms and china, the table would be cleared, cleaned and fully reset in a matter of seconds. The intensity he brought to the task seemed out of proportion to the work, but it does show that concentration skills can be applied in areas other than sports. This book is one of a series of works on improving the "mental game" in sports. The five exercises (and one test) are quite practical. Although there are variations, much of the material is based upon standard relaxation practise. Much of the specific content of the book relates solely to sports, but the perceptive reader will be able to generalize it to other situations. Unfortunately, the presentation is primarily field independent, without much explanation or analysis. Analytical readers will find this frustrating, and it makes it all the harder to see broader applications. What conceptual overview does exist is very poor: Dalloway sees concentration and distraction as "two dimensions" rather than the ends of a single continuum, while the studies cited to support the work are all anecdotal rather than quantitative. This also makes the material much less convincing than it could have been. The exercises given in the book should be of value to most who are trying to improve any type of skill or behaviour. For those who want proof, all I can recommend is a solid trial. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994

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