Pattie Freeman BCHT, MST, CI




Visualization Techniques

Visualization in sport is a training technique that forms a part of Mental Performance Skills Training. Visualization is also known as mental imagery and rehearsal. Visualization is used primarily as a training tool, one that improves the quality of athletic movement, increases the power of concentration, and serves to reduce the pressures of competition on the athlete while building athletic confidence.

Visualization occurs when the athletes are able to create an image (s) relevant to their sport, without any external prompts or stimulation; the images are mentally generated by the athlete alone.  These images can become more detailed at times when needed to enhance their game time. Visual images are usually the most important to athletic training and may be employed as the sole mental training method. Mental Images, Sounds, Touch and Emotions are all part of the visual tools that can enhance a team or athlete gain the edge in their sport.

This can be caused by music, environment and even a scent that can cause the visualization to be stronger and even more powerful.

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