Mental Imagery

In this section we present a brief introduction to the topic of imagery:

Imagery is simply the process of creating an image in the mind. Research supports the use of mental imagery in attempt to improve athletic performance.

Imagery will never replace the need for physical practice, but rather can be effectively used to augment your physical practice. Using imagery can help foster your own skill development.

Proper imagery should involve all the senses and be realistic. Try to imagine scenes in real time, as if they are actually happening. It is important to imagine yourself executing a successful performance. Try to imagine yourself doing the activity viewed from inside yourself and also as if you were watching a movie.

Imagery can be used prior to, during and after competition. Consult with a sport psychologist to learn ways to effectively employ imagery to enhance your performance.