Mental imagery in sport and physical activity

The imagination can be a powerful thing.  People create mental scenarios when reflecting on past experiences, preparing for upcoming events and when rehearsing skills and routines.  The power of imagery to regulate arousal, focus the mind, and refine skill development is why athletes commonly incorporate imagery alongside physical practice, ensuring both the mind and body are optimally prepared.

I just visualized and then executed my plan.”  Usain Bolt (2009) after a new 100m World Record.

At the BRIO research group, we have a broad agenda in the field of imagery.  We explore the effect imagery has on individuals, ranging from high-level athletes, to exercisers and those who are inactive, both young and old.  We have also developed techniques for training the skill of imagery to maximise its effectiveness.

Here are some publications I have been involved in so far:

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