Mental imagery is a visualization technique that involves mentally creating a competitive situation and performance. Creating a vivid imaginary competitive situation can positively impact an athlete's ability to perform by increasing their exposure to specific situations, even on a subconscious level, which can improve an athlete's confidence and comfort in how they will respond in reality.
In preparation for a competitive season, using visualization techniques can expose the athlete to a larger volume of competitive experiences, without physical effort, which can be beneficial to supporting response to actual in-competition situations.
How do I do it?
An athlete can practice visualization during training sessions by envisioning the sights, sounds, smells, and physical exertions required to complete a physically demanding task in training and then perform the activity which will solidify the experience and further integrate mental imagery to physical outcomes.
What do I think about?
- The look of your teammates
- The look of your competitors
- The look of your fans
- The look of the place where the competition is taking place
- The sound of your teammates
- The sound of your competitors
- The sound of your fans
- The sound of the place where the competition is taking place
- The smell of the place where the competition is taking place
- The way you feel when you're sweating, tired, and digging deep mentally
Be as detailed as possible with your mental imagery.
Mental imagery is something you can do for anything in athletics and in life.
Please comment below and let us know about your mental imagery experiences.
Yours in training,
Coach Scott Fishman