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date: 19 February 2020


A Dictionary of Sports Studies

Alan Tomlinson

The process of recreating an experience in the mind, often as an element of mental practice or mental preparation. Imagery uses all the senses and is a form of simulation that recalls from memory pieces of information to create an image of a sports skill or setting, such as how a golf swing should be played. Imagery can enhance the learning and performance of motor skills although the explanation of its effectiveness is still subject to a number of theoretical positions. Individuals differ in their imaging ability and sports psychologists have developed programmes to improve the controllability and vividness of the images seen.... ...

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