Download Read more . . . Mental Imagery and Visualization

yes no Was this document useful for you?
   Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Document related concepts
no text concepts found
Mental Imagery
Introduction to the Problem
Mental Barriers such as:
• Fear
• Anxiety
• Lack of Self Confidence
prevent athletes from reaching their
peak performance level.
The Candle Problem
Solution to candle problem.
What IS imagery
• Also called
– Visualization
– Mental rehearsal
– Mental practice
Imagery is:
• A type of simulation
• “Before every shot, I go to the movies
inside my head. Here is what I see.
First I see the ball where I want it to
finish, nice and white and sitting up high
on the bright green grass. Then I see
the ball going there; its path and
trajectory and even its behavior on
landing. The next scene shows me
making the kind of swing that will turn
the previous image into reality.”
» Jack Nicklaus (1976)
Types of Imagery
• Internal imagery
• External imagery
Factors that impact imagery use
• Nature of the task
• Skill level
• Using imagery and physical practice
• Imaging ability
Psychoneuromuscular theory
• Images that are more vivid active
muscle signals in similar patterns to the
way physical practice does
Value of imagery
Enhance concentration
Improve motivation
Increase confidence
Control intensity
Practice and correct sport skills
Prepare for competition
Cope with pain and injury
Solve problems
Maximizing Imagery
• Vividness
– Involve as many senses as you can
• Controllability
Keys to developing your
visualization and imagery skills
• Begin by practicing imagery in proper
• Use relaxed focus
• Realistic expectations
• Use Vivid and Controllable images
• Maintain positive focus
• Apply both execution and outcome of
Your ability to use mental
• Can be the difference between you and
your opponent.
• Can help overcome adversity
• Makes you a better competitor.