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Ann Arbor, MIIt’s match point. The crowd is silent. If you win this point, you win the tournament. Lose and the momentum could turn in your opponent’s favor. What happens next depends entirely on the intensity of your concentration.

Dr. Benjamin An is the author of The Concentration Mechanism of Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Soccer and Skiing. His book explores the mental and physical connection in sports to concentrate on the right action at the right time through present mindfulness.

Dr. An did not touch a tennis racquet until he was 40 years old. Now 86, he remains one of the leading thinkers in the field of sports psychology. 

Human physical actions are complicated by human mental thoughts and intellectual understandings. The most profound of these complications, or interferences, is our ability to visualize the results of our actions. Dr. An believes this intellectual ability slows down the processes we need to align our mind and our body to execute our actions properly.

“In sports, we tend to think more in terms of result than execution,” says Dr. An. “It is very hard for a person to concentrate solely on his actions; we envision a result rather than remaining present within our movements. That’s why my book is ultimately about concentration. We have to be mindful of these interferences.”

Dr. An’s book can help athletes develop their kinesthetic sense to improve their efficiency of movement. Even Roger Federer can benefit from some of the lessons shared in The Concentration Mechanism.  

The Concentration Mechanism of Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Soccer and Skiing is available on Amazon

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