Poised to play well

A Quick Online Search of Yahoo! or Google suggests that there's a relationship between poise and excellent athletic performance. Over 66,000 entries put poise and sports together. Poised is used to describe people ranging from professional football and basketball players in the finals, to a jockey riding in the Kentucky Derby; from Egyptian field hockey players in a Mediterranean championship, to people taking karate classes.

But what does the word poise really mean? Both Webster's and The American Heritage Dictionary relate it to balance, stability, and composure. It implies a type of freedom, ease, dignity, and calm, shown by the way you carry yourself.

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