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Deliberate imagery practice: the development of imagery skills in competitive athletes.

15 Aug
Deliberate imagery practice: the development of imagery skills in competitive athletes.
Researchers at the School of Kinesiology of The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, surveyed the attitudes of competing athletes on the importance of using imagery as part of their sports practice. Altogether, 159 athletes from one of three different competitive standards - recreational, provincial and national - completed the Deliberate Imagery Practice Questionnaire, designed to assess their perceptions of the importance of imagery. The results indicated that national athletes perceived imagery to be more relevant to performing than recreational athletes. In addition, athletes of a higher standard (i.e. provincial and national) reported using more imagery in a recent, typical week and that they had accumulated significantly more hours of imagery practice across their athletic career than recreational athletes.

Citation: Cumming J, Hall C. Deliberate imagery practice: the development of imagery skills in competitive athletes. Journal of Sports Science 2002 Feb;20(2): pp. 137-45.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award