Effects of Imagery Training on Imagery Ability and Performance

  • Aikawa Satoshi
    Department of Holistic Human Sciences, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • Takai Hideaki
    Department of Physical Education, Nippon Sport Science University

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  • イメージトレーニングがイメージ能力とパフォーマンスに及ぼす影響
  • ―A Practical Study on Artistic Gymnasts―
  • ―体操選手を対象とした実践的検証―


<p>Previous studies have indicated that imagery is important for the performance of gymnastics. The purpose of this study was to examine the practical effects of imagery training on artistic gymnasts. The subjects chosen for this research were male gymnasts (n=26) belonging to the male gymnastics club of University A. In this study, the group was divided into an image training group (n=16) and a control group (n=10), and imagery training group performed imagery training 5 times a week for 3 weeks. The content of the training was set with reference to the PETTLEP model (Holmes and Collins, 2001). Subjects were asked to answer the Japanese SIAQ (Aikawa et al., 2019) and CSAI-2 (Martens et al., 1990) before and after the intervention, and their performance was measured. The results of this study indicated that the imagery training group members improved their imagery ability and self-confidence. Although there was no statistically significant difference in performance, there was a valuable change in performance in gymnastics. In conclusion, this study revealed the effect of imagery training based on scientific evidence. We consider that this study has provided useful knowledge for gymnasts, coaches, and mental training consultant in sports who use imagery training.</p>



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