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Excerpts — Flow

Flow helps you set the stage for getting in the zone

While it is important to understand the theory of being in flow, it is also necessary to consider the practicalities of this powerful phenomenon.

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The defining characteristics of flow experiences may be intense concentration

It has been suggested that intense concentration may be the defining characteristic of flow experiences (Hu & Kuh, 2002). Intense and focused attention is absolutely crucial to the experience of flow; however, because all of the characteristics are intertwined, it may be misleading to indicate that one is more important than another. As the following discussion of concentration and distraction illustrates, all flow elements are entwined.

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Athletes in the zone could have less hesitation; quicker reaction time

For an athlete to perform at his best, it is important for him to be in a state of flow or, as it is often termed, in the zone. In order for this to occur, he must be well prepared and simply react to what is occurring around him.

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