How important is mental efficiency to perform well in sports?
Nathaniel McLarty
December 8 2014
Mrs. Rust, 3rd Period
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Dear Reader Letter
I knew that my topic is very important to success in sports before I started it....
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I had personal learning targets for my research project for myself. One of my targets was a question...
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Table of Contents
Contents
Dear Reader Letter .......................................................
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Multigenre Element 1: 6 WORD MEMOIR
“Sports is a battle of minds”
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Multigenre Element 1 Notes
My memoir is a short summary of all my research “Sports is a battle of m...
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in the zone requires a good balance of confidence and expectations” (A New Theoretical Framework to ...
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Multigenre Element 2: Wordle
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Multigenre Element 2 Notes
What my Wordle shows is some of the major reoccurring themes in my resea...
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minds to let them find a way to get mentally prepared that allows them to perform at their best.
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Multigenre Element 3: Story
Miles is a basketball player for his high school. Today is the day of ...
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Some people combat their fears by avoiding them completely. Miles knew he couldn’t do that himself,...
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Multigenre Element 3 Notes
My story shows a realistic example of how you can actually mentally pre...
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have to be a well-rounded individual, or else you will end up like Miles. Thinking you are ready to...
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Appendix: MindMapping Process
I created my Mindmap by searching various databases and compiling my...
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Works Cited Adler, Jerry. "Don't Think Twice--Or At All, for That Matter." Newsweek 2 June 2003: 14...
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Nate McLarty Period 3 Multigenre Project Fall 2014

Nate McLarty Period 3 Multigenre Project Fall 2014
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  • 1. How important is mental efficiency to perform well in sports? Nathaniel McLarty December 8 2014 Mrs. Rust, 3rd Period
  • 2. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 2 Dear Reader Letter I knew that my topic is very important to success in sports before I started it. However, there was not much that I knew about it, or how it was properly conducted. I had questions as to how, when, and why it should be done. My topic was Mental Efficiency in Sports. I was interested in this topic because I play sports and wanted to know more about the thinking side that goes into becoming great. My topic matters because millions of people play sports around the world. They all have to compete. How do all of those people prepare? How do they train? What goes through their mind while they compete? These are things that matter, and with so many athletes out there, I believe that it is important for people to care and learn about my topic. Some of the highlights of my research was the discovery of many practices of mental preparation. There are many ways to train and prepare yourself, and people will be comfortable with different styles. For instance, I like to use music to distract myself and even get excited for my contest. You can try and not think about the contest, do other things before, listen to music, or even just talk to teammates. Mental efficiency is a lengthy and sometimes hard to master subject, but once you have it down, you can become the most cool and collected individual in any situation.
  • 3. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 3 I had personal learning targets for my research project for myself. One of my targets was a question that could even help me as I play basketball. How do I get ready to play? Over the years I tried different ways ranging from surrounding my thoughts completely with basketball or trying (and failing) to think about something else. However, due to my research and how my documents say that ANYTHING that takes your mind off the game helps you, I have found a way. I listen to music now. It really helps. I still have a few questions. I want to know how long is the right amount to get prepared? Is there such a thing as being over-prepared? Is this something that needs to be practiced daily or just on game day? I want to do better and answer these questions. My project says that I am a researcher of topics that are relevant to my lifestyle. I care about topics that will help me become a better person, more knowledgeable, and a better athlete. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope this information helps you in some way! Sincerely, Nathaniel McLarty
  • 4. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 4 Table of Contents Contents Dear Reader Letter ........................................................................................................................................ 2 Multigenre Element 1: 6 WORD MEMOIR .................................................................................................... 5 Multigenre Element 1 Notes ......................................................................................................................... 6 Multigenre Element 2: Wordle ..................................................................................................................... 8 Multigenre Element 2 Notes ......................................................................................................................... 9 Multigenre Element 3: Story ....................................................................................................................... 11 Multigenre Element 3 Notes ....................................................................................................................... 13 Appendix: MindMapping Process ............................................................................................................... 15 Works Cited ................................................................................................................................................. 16
  • 5. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 5 Multigenre Element 1: 6 WORD MEMOIR “Sports is a battle of minds”
  • 6. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 6 Multigenre Element 1 Notes My memoir is a short summary of all my research “Sports is a battle of minds”. What is an athlete without their brain? How would they be able to perform at a high level? Sports are about being athletic, but what use is all the athleticism in the world if you get nervous and can’t do your best? Nothing. Those who are the best are most in tune with their inner selves. That little voice in your head that either tells you something positive or something negative. Be able to concentrate. All of those things are derived from a good mental core. You want to be able to feel the rush in a controlled manner. “Getting
  • 7. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 7 in the zone requires a good balance of confidence and expectations” (A New Theoretical Framework to get in the Zone). Any athlete that has confidence in their ability, coupled with realistic expectations can live up to them. My memoir conveys my key ideas of my research in a bold statement. Sports is a battle of minds! It swiftly and accurately tells you, the reader, what I am trying to tell you. Without the mental stamina, preparation, efficiency whichever you want to call it, you will not perform at your best.
  • 8. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 8 Multigenre Element 2: Wordle
  • 9. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 9 Multigenre Element 2 Notes What my Wordle shows is some of the major reoccurring themes in my research project. Words such as Sports, Compete, Efficiency, Mental, Train, Success, and Prepare pop up in bold fonts and colors. These are key concepts to Mental Efficiency for athletes. “Keeping your cool involves playing out successful scenarios in your mind” Success comes from being Mentally prepared and efficient in the way you prepare (“Keep Your Cool Under Pressure”). Another important word is Train. No one comes built to win…at least not in thinking. It takes time to train your brain to keep your body going “In order to better yourself, you must train past your point of exertion”, this might be the greatest mental aspect of athletes (“Pushing Past the Pain of Exertion”). Athletes are what they are because they have trained their brain to let their body go all-out for their sport. The Wordle is an effective way to communicate the importance of success as an athlete and mental efficiency. There is a difference between those who are the best and those who are average. Mental Efficiency. They have trained their
  • 10. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 10 minds to let them find a way to get mentally prepared that allows them to perform at their best.
  • 11. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 11 Multigenre Element 3: Story Miles is a basketball player for his high school. Today is the day of the big game. He gets up to go to school, and he has nervous anticipation. All day he is trying to stay focused on the upcoming game and how badly he wants to play good. Before he knows it, the bell rings three times. Seventh period ends. Miles goes to the gym for pregame, hanging out in the locker room. Miles is really nervous about the game and how he will do. He is biting his nails walking around the locker room. He tries to listen to music but he can’t. He soon begins to feel overwhelmed. He needs to desperately find a way to relax. Miles sees Jake perfectly relaxed, kicking back in a cool and confident manner. He seems ready to take on an army…and win. Miles asks Jake how he is so ready to play. Jake replied, “I just didn’t think about the game all day. Now that we’re getting ready to play, it’s all I’m thinking about.” Miles nodded his head in understanding.
  • 12. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 12 Some people combat their fears by avoiding them completely. Miles knew he couldn’t do that himself, so he thought of other ways. He could listen to music, stretch, talk to his pals, or do homework. Miles realized the true meaning behind getting in the zone. Doing whatever keeps your mind off any fears of failure. Miles smiled, feeling as if he could take on Michael Jordan….and win!
  • 13. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 13 Multigenre Element 3 Notes My story shows a realistic example of how you can actually mentally prepare yourself. Anyone can read this story and learn how to train themselves to perform. Miles did not know how to mentally prepare himself for his basketball game. He went through the whole day feeling nerves. Later in the day he learned a couple ways to deal with it. This can be the same for everyone. Learning the key points to mental efficiency. These ideas are called the 4 C’s of Concentration (“The Right Frame of Mind”). The 4 C’s are concentration, confidence, control, and commitment. If you want to perform your best, you must have these qualities. Mental efficiency cannot come without them. Concentration on the task, confidence in yourself to win, control over your body and emotions, and commitment to finishing through. I chose this medium because it conveys my idea of mental efficiency being derived from many areas. You
  • 14. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 14 have to be a well-rounded individual, or else you will end up like Miles. Thinking you are ready to go, then when the spotlight is ready to shine you nerve up. I like my readers to see the story and see how they needed a boost like Miles did, and how they were able to get the right information finally from a good source.
  • 15. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 15 Appendix: MindMapping Process I created my Mindmap by searching various databases and compiling my information onto documents. I then annotated each of the documents for the most important information. After I completed that part of my work, I moved on to writing the major ideas and article names onto my MindMap poster. Some themes became clearer to me. It’s not just what you should do for mental prep, its why. Thinking about that helped me understand the true meaning of mental efficiency. It also helped me cut my topic down to why mental efficiency is important and how to do it instead of just talking around the topic.
  • 16. MCLARTY, NATHANIEL 16 Works Cited Adler, Jerry. "Don't Think Twice--Or At All, for That Matter." Newsweek 2 June 2003: 14. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. "Crunch Time." Science 306.5702 (2004): 1651. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. "How Mental Training Can Help You to Personal Bests." Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader Publication Oct. 1996: 12. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. "Keep Your Cool under Pressure!" Choices/Current Health Mar. 2014: 2. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. Marasescu, Mihaela Rodica. "Athletic Morality and Aggressive Behavior." Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 4.1 (2012): 150. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. "The Right Frame of Mind." The Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia] 6 Aug. 2012: 10. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. Shea, Sarah Bowen. "Pushing Past the Pain of Exertion." The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Oct. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. Van De Looij, Mauro. "A New Theoretical Framework to Get in the Zone." The Sport in Mind. N.p., 30 May 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.
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