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The cognitive processes (thoughts, positive and negative) that take place during a game. Special mental strategies, so-called ‘inner game’ techniques, have been devised to enable an athlete to handle difficult game situations. One technique, popular among golfers and tennis players, uses the concept of relaxed concentration and identifies two Selfs: Self 1, the analytical problem solver; and Self 2, the intuitive and emotional self. Athletes are trained to discriminate between the two Selfs and choose the most appropriate one to deal with a particular game situation.

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