By Dr. Sarah Gairdner
1. Elite athletes regularly use imagery to help them prepare for big events. This is commonly known as visualization.
2. By rehearsing the race, game, or performance in advance, you can increase your confidence when preparing for the big event.
Today’s Exercise: Ready, Set, Imagine!
Fill out the “Ready, Set, Imagine!” exercise on page 20 of your Athlete Workbook to visualize yourself succeeding.
More on Visualization
If you’ve never practiced visualization before, there are two key things you should focus on:
1) The process. It is important to consider the process (e.g. the technical skills on the field of play, careful dribbling and passing)
2) The outcome. Think about what you would like to accomplish (e.g. completing a goal task successfully, winning the game)
You should focus on both of these aspects when using this technique to increase your confidence and improve your performance.
The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is intended to compliment your training plan and not instead of guidance from your coach. It should also not be used in place of advice from a doctor or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you assume any risks, and that you release Impactic Sport from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.