ERIC Number: ED237183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-11
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The Natural Athlete: A Comfortable Myth.
Roueche, Suanne D.
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n33 Nov 11 1983
The popular notion that excellence in sports is inherited is seriously questioned by experts. The belief shared by many sports specialists as well as by some top athletes is that the characteristics that breed success in sports are developed. Sports experts offer the following advice to those who wish to improve their own performance: (1) relax; (2) reduce anxiety; (3) use imagery and mental rehearsal; (4) establish a good self-image; (5) concentrate; (6) be motivated and have a positive attitude; (7) develop rhythm; (8) accept failure; (9) be persistent; and (10) anticipate. Each individual has the potential of being a natural athlete within the limits of size and strength, and attitude may well be more important than ability. The same elements that promote excellence in the sports world promote excellence in education. Teachers can create environments in which students will be motivated to learn. Teachers can also assist in reducing some of the personal and academic barriers to excellent student performance. (EM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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