Will Prayer Improve Your Athletic Performance?

A leading magazine recently made a claim that's not often found on the secular newstand: that prayer can improve athletic performance.

"When believers pray, something happens in their brains that actually makes them better athletes," Brandon Sneed wrote for the July edition of Outside magazine.

While Sneed cited Ryan Hall, an elite runner and devout Christian, in the article, he also talked with a renowned neuroscientist who explained what's going on in the brain of a believer conversant with God. And Sneed himself is something of an authority on the athlete's brain, having written a book titled "Head in the Game: The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes."

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