Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Sport Imagery: Athletes’ Most Powerful Mental Tool

Sport Imagery: Athletes’ Most Powerful Mental Tool

Mental imagery has a huge impact on sports performance. Seeing where you want to be, as opposed to where you are, will help you get to the level you want to be at. The four aspects of mental imagery are Imagery Perspective (where the “camera” is as you imagine), Control (imagining correctly), Multiple Senses (imaging with more than just a visual), and Speed (seeing things in slow motion first to focus on technique). It is important to be realistic with your imagery. It’s also very important to use imagery with all aspects of your sport, and to use it consistently.

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