THE ROLE OF IMAGERY IN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
Item extracted from Rushall, B. S., & Lippman, L. G. (1997). The role of imagery in physical performance. International Journal for Sport Psychology, 29, 57-72.
Mental practice is a recognized and often effective method for influencing the proficiency of physical performance. It is suggested, however, that "mental practice" and "imagery" are general labels applied to a variety of procedures that have different goals and uses for influencing human physical performance. This commentary argues that imagery usually is implemented for two different intentions in physical performance endeavors--skill development/learning and competition performance preparation--and that different procedures and elements are associated with each purpose. It is suggested that separation of these two functions will aid interpretation of the research and identification of issues that need empirical clarification.
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