Using Imagery to Bolster Performance

By |2021-09-28T17:37:34+00:00June 7th, 2018|Imagery, Mental Skills, Triathlon|

I had the privilege of being invited to appear on the ‘Age grouper for life podcast’ - the ultimate source for living the triathlon lifestyle, where USAT certified coaches Collin and Elliot discuss the most optimal training techniques to get athletes you where they want to be mentally and physically. The topic of how much of a role does the mental side of things affects tri-athletes or athletes in general during competition came up. The aspect of utilizing imagery as a psychological advantage to bolster performance was one aspect of the discussion that was particularly interesting. Imagery, often confused with visualization or imagination, is a cognitive process fundamental to motor learning and performance. This is an interesting facet of mental skills particularly because all humans practice imagery in some way whether we are aware of it or not. Imagery has been proven to help athletic performance It is a well-known performance-enhancing strategy and extensively used in applied fields, particularly sport, dance, and exercise psychology (for a review, see Cumming & Ramsey, 2009; Murphy, Nordin, & Cumming, 2008; Weinberg, 2008). Sure you have the naysayers that liken imagery to superstition, but it has been proven to have tangible positive [...]