Dr. Angus Mugford, head of Mental Conditioning for the Athletic & Personal Development program, offered his thoughts on young, athletic prodigies and the pressures they face in a recent for CNN.com.
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Confidence is one of the "big three" characteristics, along with composure and concentration, that young athletes need when competing at sports' highest levels, said Angus Mugford, mental conditioner for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
IMG, a multi-sport facility that provides camps and schools for athletes, boasts among its alumni tennis' Venus and Serena Williams and baseball's Ben Sheets and Nomar Garciaparra. Mugford has seen plenty of champions pass through IMG's campus, but said there are "no perfect predictors" for what makes a phenom.
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