While it is important to understand the theory of being in flow, it is also necessary to consider the practicalities of this powerful phenomenon. In the effort to bring the theory of flow into people’s lives, several learning activities are incorporated throughout the written and visual materials. Perform the activity you discussed in class (see previous in-class learning activity).
It has been suggested that intense concentration may be the defining characteristic of flow experiences (Hu & Kuh, 2002). Intense and focused attention is absolutely crucial to the experience of flow; however, because all of the characteristics are intertwined, it may be misleading to indicate that one is more important than another. It is only when you discipline your mind with intense concentration that you are in a position to experience flow.
Preparing an athlete to excel is the main task of any coach. Three coaches at Western Illinois University strive to prepare their athletes for this type of experience every day. Coach Van Vlymen has her players practice many different game situations both offensively and defensively.