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date: 28 March 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Michael Kent

A psychological technique involving the production of vivid mental experiences by the normal processes of thought. In sport, imagery is an extremely versatile technique used to learn and practise skills; to improve self-confidence; to acquire the right frame of mind before competition; to promote relaxation and recovery after competition; and to accelerate rehabilitation after an injury. Imagery is a purely mental process. Through imagery, an athlete recreates past positive experiences or creates new experiences without receiving any external stimuli or producing any overt body movements. Imagery can involve any sensory experience. In practising a skill, for example, imagery is especially effective if the athlete imagines the auditory, olfactory, tactile, and kinaesthetic sensations associated with performing the skill well.... ...

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