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We often confuse focus, attention and concentration. To clarify, focus of attention represents what we are thinking about. The focus of attention is related to the last thought, image or emotion created before the action.
Focus can be internal or external, depending on whether we think of ourselves and our actions or what is outside of us. An internal focus may refer to a movement, or the position of our shoulders. On the other hand, the focus of attention is external when you think about where you want to hit the ball. Most of the studies show that when the best athletes think too much about their actions (internal focus), it may interfere with their skill, especially under pressure or stress.
In general, thinking of an external focus produces better performance than thinking about the movement itself (internal focus). It is likely that an internal focus leads the athlete to voluntary alter their posture or movement. Such action during the execution of a movement – a tennis serve for example – that is already mastered disturbs automatic motor processes and reflexes that control the movement.
Wanting to consciously control a movement decreases its efficiency instead of improving it.
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