Internal imagery training in active high jumpers
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 49, no 2, 133-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The main purpose of this study was to examine whether the use of internal imagery would affect high jumping performance for active high jumping athletes. Over a period of six weeks, a group of active high jumpers were trained with an internal imagery program for a total of 72 minutes. This group was compared to a control group consisting of active high jumpers that only maintained their regular work-outs during the same time period. Four variables were measured; jumping height, number of failed attempts, take-off angle, and bar clearance. There was a significant improvement on bar clearance for the group that trained imagery (p < 0.05) but not for the control group. No other differences were found. The results suggest that internal imagery training may be used to improve a component of a complex motor skill. Possible explanations and future recommendations are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell , 2008. Vol. 49, no 2, 133-140 p.
mental practice, internal imagery, training
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-9416DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00625.xPubMedID: 18352982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-9416DiVA: diva2:149087