Mental Imagery in Youth Sports
Maybe you’ve heard about athletes who use mental imagery to boost their performance and confidence.
But what is it really and can it help your kids?
Mental imagery is all about kids using feelings and pictures from memory to create images to practice their skills, and to help them plan, strategize, and rehearse their performance.
And yes, this strategy can really help young athletes.
When high-level athletes talk about “visualization,” they are often referring to just one part of mental imagery. Many people think this is the only kind of mental imagery.
They think you should actually “see” pictures in your mind to use mental imagery. But not all athletes are visual learners who can do this. Some athletes are more comfortable “feeling” in their minds.
To make the most of visualization, kids need to identify which sense works best for them and create pre-performance images that help tell their bodies what they want them to do.
It’s critical to make these simple—and of course, positive. The images help kids trust in their practice and their abilities.
Most athletes use feel, sight, and sound to create these mental images—and research shows that’s the best idea.
Some examples: Tennis players might focus on what a good shot sounds like by rehearsing the sound of the tennis racquet hitting the ball. A weight lifter might feel good balance.
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