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The Young Champion's Mind: How To Think, Train, and Thrive Like an Elite Athlete

240p. appendix. further reading. index. Rodale. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781635650563.
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Gr 8 Up—Afremow, author of several books on sport psychology and founder of a coaching and consulting practice, has written a well-intentioned guide. He reminds readers that an athlete must have (in this order) the mental, emotional, and physical skills to achieve success in their chosen field. Most of the chapters focus on training the mind, visualizing success, obtaining flow (being in the zone), and acquiring antifragility (reacting positively to stress, disorder, or mistakes). Inspirational stories and an overabundance of quotations from famous athletes are included throughout, along with reminders about the importance of a healthy diet and adequate sleep each night. Afremow offers a wide variety of good information, but getting teens to read it might be another issue. Some of the information is repetitive, including a Q&A appendix that offers the same advice from the earlier chapters.
VERDICT Suitable for the serious student-athlete who wants to know more about the mind-body connection. An optional purchase.

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