Ahead of the Curve

September 8, 2017 By easternmagazine
Photo: Jon Hammermeister

At the highest level of professional competition, all athletes relentlessly search for ways to gain an edge over their opposition. Their ambition for success is equally preternatural as they train to the outer edges of physical capability.

So what sets apart the perennial MLB All-Star from the struggling minor league prospect, both drafted in the same round in the same year?

Is it simply talent? Luck? Sure, every circumstance is significantly affected by an array of variables but a rising amount of data reveals that a large portion of an athlete’s success and failure boils down to one distinct variable – his or her mental conditioning.