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Flow in Sports / Edition 1
     

Flow in Sports / Edition 1

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by Susan Jackson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
 

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ISBN-10: 0880118768

ISBN-13: 9780880118767

Pub. Date: 05/19/1999

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

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The experience of flow is still one of the least understood phenomena in sport. And yet it is one of the richest, most memorable experiences an athlete will ever know.

Some call it a natural "high." Others refer to it as being "in a zone." Whatever it's called, flow is an elusive and very sought-after psychological state that athletes

Overview

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The experience of flow is still one of the least understood phenomena in sport. And yet it is one of the richest, most memorable experiences an athlete will ever know.

Some call it a natural "high." Others refer to it as being "in a zone." Whatever it's called, flow is an elusive and very sought-after psychological state that athletes, coaches, and sport psychologists have tried to understand, harness, and employ to their benefit since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first coined the term back in the early 1970s.

Now, in the first book devoted exclusively to flow in sports, the pioneering legend Csikszentmihalyi and sport psychology researcher Susan Jackson attempt not only to explain the phenomenon but also to identify the key conditions associated with its occurrence.

The book begins with a description of what flow is and is not. Flow is defined as a person's total absorption into an activity. While it is always a peak, satisfying experience, it is not necessarily associated with peak performance on every occasion.

Most of the book delves deeply into the key factors leading up to and accompanying the flow experience. The authors also recommend certain actions on the part of the athlete or coach to optimize the conditions in training and performance that allow flow to occur. The book is full of vivid examples, captivating quotes, and revealing research findings that enhance the authors' clear and insightful text.

The sport setting is rife with opportunities to experience flow-be it in pick-up games or the Olympics. But until now, flow has been an infrequent, accidental, and even mysterious phenomenon to most athletes. With Flow in Sports, this optimal experience becomes both more familiar and more achievable. Get to know flow, and get into it. Find out what you've been missing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880118767
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
05/19/1999
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
500,963
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Flow
Chapter 1. Being In Flow
Chapter 2. Flow FundaMentals

Part II: Experiencing Flow
Chapter 3. Finding Your Challenge-Skills Balance
Chapter 4. Transcending Normal Awareness
Chapter 5. Knowing Where You're Going
Chapter 6. Taking Advantage of Feedback
Chapter 7. Focusing on the Present
Chapter 8. Controlling the Controllables
Chapter 9. Focusing on Fun

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Flow in Sports 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SportCoach More than 1 year ago
This book, unlike most I've read, provides both easy to apply and scientifically valid sport psychology practice. Sport psych is one of the least used techniques to improve performance but one of the most effective. Most other books are either vague in application or are too specific to a particular sport. This book will benefit all athletes as well as non athletes who are committed to improving physical performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written very well. The beginning gives a good overview of the essential aspects to getting in the 'flow'. Then it provides much further detail into each single area. Athlete or non-athlete I think anybody can take away a great deal of positive and insightful information that the book offers. If you really try to implement what the authors discuss in the book I think you'll find a much greater focus in sport and life.