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Rich Beem

Biological Impact of Thought on Performance

When speedskater J.R. Celski won his first Olympic medal with a bronze in the men's 1,500-meter short track at the Vancouver Olympics, I found his success remarkable. It answered important questions I had about Celski's recovery from the bad injury he had suffered in competition just five months ago, when a deep cut in his leg required 60 stitches. Not his physical recovery - we were sure he was good there. But we weren't sure about his confidence level - his mental recovery - before the race. I know that can make a difference in the physical ability of any athlete. According to Michael Lardon, M.D., award-winning researcher on the neuroelectric assessment of athletic peak...