Journal and Courier:
Before Purdue University swimmer Wyatt Hodges steps into a pool for a race, he reminds himself of a few key instructions.
“Keep my arms forward,” he said. “Push through.” He’s rehearsed these and other instructional phrases repeatedly in his head to the point where they’ve become a sort of prayer or mantra.
The mental cues help him stay focused — pushing out any distracting thoughts about his opponent, anxious thoughts about the race or random thoughts that pop into his head.
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