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Imagery in Sport: An Historical and Current Overview

  • Dan Smith


The subject of imagery is receiving a great deal of attention in applied sport psychology. The purpose of this overview is to trace the development of the field of imagery, synthesize theories explaining how it affects performance, and then relate how it may best be used today. In the first section imagery is defined and the history of its use discussed, followed by explanations for how imagery affects physical and psychological skills. The use of imagery in sport is then described, and the scientific literature pertaining to the effectiveness of imagery in developing physical and psychological skills is examined.


Motor Imagery Mental Imagery Mental Practice Physical Skill Sport Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Smith
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  1. 1.Department of Physical Education and SportState University of New YorkBrockportUSA

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