When an athlete uses imagery properly, they are able to improve a number of physical or emotional skills including confidence, concentration, controlling emotional responses, and even developing sport skills without moving.
The psychoneuromuscular theory suggests that vivid, imagined events produce neuromuscular responses similar to those of an actual experience. So when an athlete imagines movements without performing them, the brain interprets this as if they were actually performing them, providing similar impulses in the brain and in the muscles.
Think about an area of your own performance that you are struggling with or want to improve. Do you get nervous before the swim start at a triathlon? How effective is your race pacing, especially in a longer race when fatigue and focus fade? Or maybe it’s skill technique that is holding you back? Write it down. And then make a commitment to work on it. You can improve any number of these limiters and bring your game to a whole different level – but the key is doing it correctly. Imagery, like swimming freestyle, is a skill with critical elements that must be learned before one can practice it effectively.
A Powerful Mind is a systematic and integrated mental skills training program that includes Imagery. By teaching you A Powerful Mind, I will show you how to correctly use imagery, integrate it into your training program, and achieve excellence. Whether it is maintaining a better “catch” in the freestyle technique, or creating a state of calm before the (storm) swim start, success begins with A Powerful Mind.
Drop me a line with what is holding you back. With an open, powerful mind anything is possible. For more information please visit A Powerful Mind