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The Games Behind the Game

Parachutes and wristbands put XC runners “in the zone”


Click on the slide show above to hear how runners Mollie Zapata (CAS’09) and David Proctor (SAR’08) prepare for race day.

Whether it involves pushing your body to the limit in the final stretch of a sprint or maintaining the composure necessary to make that last-gasp, game-winning shot, sports are as much a contest of the mind as of the body. Yet we rarely hear about the mental regimens that athletes use to maintain mental and emotional focus.
In the slide show above, track and cross country runners Mollie Zapata (CAS’09) and David Proctor (SAR’08) talk about the importance of prerace routines to performing at peak.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.



3 Comments on The Games Behind the Game

  • Ellie on 11.24.2008 at 8:02 am


    Right on guys, I don’t think any of us could have said it better! Way to represent XC!

  • Anonymous on 11.24.2008 at 8:32 pm

    The audio is a bit scratchy for me (using Firefox).

  • Libros on 02.17.2009 at 7:45 am

    The Game is an ongoing mind game played by millions of players worldwide, the objective of which is to avoid thinking about The Game itself. Thinking about The Game constitutes loss, which, according to the rules of The Game Bajar Libros , must then be announced. The Game is continuous—once a player stops thinking about The Game, the player stops losing.

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