Friday, June 5, 2015

Review of "Locker Room Power"

When the author of this book sent me a message asking if I was interested in reviewing this book, it looked intriguing.  A book on the mental aspects of sports?  While there has been plenty of material published on that topic, this was something new that I have not fully read. Therefore, I accepted his offer and I am very glad I did.  Here is my review of "Locker Room Power." 

“Locker Room Power: Building an Athlete’s Mind” by David Sammel

Tennis, coaching, psychology

Publish date:
January 24, 2014

112 pages

5 of 5 stars (outstanding)

It is well-known that in order to succeed in sports, one must also have the proper mental training and outlook as well as the physical skills and talents. How to best prepare for this aspect of the game is illustrated in this excellent book by tennis coach David Sammel.

While most of the book will give examples from the sport of tennis and has many quotes and anecdotes from tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, this is not simply a tennis book.  Sammel does use examples of mental prowess used by athletes who have succeeded in other sports such as Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.  I thought this was a nice touch and illustrated how the concepts of Locker Room Power can be applied by all athletes and other people who wish to succeed in life.

Each concept that makes up the total package of Locker Room Power is illustrated in short chapters with the main concepts of the passage summarized in a bulleted list.  This is a very good format to reinforce the points that the author makes in order to have the reader apply these lessons to his or her game.

Overall, this was an excellent book for anyone who wishes to improve the chances of success in his or her future goals.  I recommend this for anyone who wishes to learn how best to channel the mental energy and potential every person has inside. 

I wish to thank Mr. Sammel for providing an advance review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I skim?

Pace of the book: 
Even though this is a fairly short book, I felt it was a book that cannot and should not be read quickly.  It is best read at a deliberate pace, pausing at the end of each chapter so the reader can absorb the lessons that Sammel provided on the topic.

Do I recommend? 
While this book is certainly geared toward athletes, people in all walks of life can use some of the Locker Room Power philosophy in order to achieve success in whatever path they have chosen.

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