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Imagery in Sport

Imagery in Sport

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    It has long been known that almost all elite athletes use imagery and that most sport psychologists apply imagery in working with athletes. But most material on the subject has been, to this point, relegated to single chapters in books, to journal articles, or to conference proceedings.

    Now Imagery in Sport addresses the breadth of what researchers and practitioners in sport psychology know about the topic, and it treats each issue in depth, considering current theories and research on imagery and its application in sport. The reference also addresses future directions in research and practice for imagery in sport. In doing so, Imagery in Sport provides the most comprehensive look at the state of imagery and its uses in sport today. The authors take readers step by step through understanding, investigating, applying, and advancing imagery in sport. The text includes the following:
    • Sample scripts, preperformance suggestions, and sport-specific and site-specific tips
    • Presentation and critical analysis of 10 well-known theoretical frameworks for understanding imagery
    • A full chapter devoted to understanding and successfully using the available measures of imagery in sport, including how to administer imagery-ability measures

    Imagery in Sport takes complex theories and presents them clearly, using examples from everyday sport contexts. The book helps readers become familiar with the current knowledge about the topic and learn to view it with a critical eye. And it provides practicing sport psychologists with guidelines and strategies for using imagery to help athletes improve their performances.

    Audience

    A reference for researchers, sport psychologists, and motor learning and control specialists; a text for graduate students in sport psychology.

    Table of Contents

    Contents
    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    Part I: Understanding Imagery in Sport
    Chapter 1. Introduction: The Power of Imagination
    • Power of Imagery
    • Challenges, Theory, and Research on Imagery

    Chapter 2. Definitions: What Is Imagery?
    • Definitions From Cognitive Sport Psychology
    • Definitions From Sport Psychology
    • Working Definition of Sport Imagery
    • Operational Definitions of Imagery Ability and Imagery Use
    • Conceptualizations From Sport Psychology
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 3. Theories: How Does Imagery Work?
    • Early Theories of Mental Practice
    • Cognitive Theories of Imagery
    • Psychological State Explanations
    • Functional Equivalence and Neurophysiological Explanations
    • Conclusions

    Part II: Investigating Imagery in Sport
    Chapter 4. Imagery-Ability and Imagery-Use Assessment
    • Components of Imagery Ability
    • Classification of Imagery-Ability and Imagery-Use Measures
    • Measures of Imagery Used in Sport Psychology
    • Evidence Related to the Construct Validation of Imagery Measurement
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 5. Imagery Research
    • Does Imagery Work?
    • Which Factors Influence the Effectiveness of Imagery?
    • How Much Imagery Is Enough?
    • Is Imagery Research in Its Own Little Dream World?
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 6. Imagery Perspectives
    • Definitions of Imagery Modality and Imagery Perspectives
    • Visual and Kinesthetic Imagery Research
    • Internal and External Imagery Research
    • Visual/Kinesthetic and Internal/External Imagery Research
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 7. Psychophysiological Research on Imagery
    • Psychophysiological Measures
    • Psychophysiological Research
    • Conclusions

    Part III: Applying Imagery in Sport
    Chapter 8. Strategies for Applying Imagery
    • Overview of Existing Imagery-Based Interventions
    • Key Components of an Imagery Training Program
    • Applied Example
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 9. Uses for Imagery
    • Uses of Imagery in the General Athletic Population
    • Uses of Imagery in Special Athletic Populations
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 10. Technical Aids to Imagery
    • Video Modeling and Imagery
    • Biofeedback and Imagery in Sport
    • Flotation and Imagery
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 11. Injury Rehabilitation and Imagery
    • Role of Imagery in Rehabilitation
    • Use of Imagery in Rehabilitation
    • Implications for Practice
    • Conclusions

    Part IV: Advancing Imagery in Sport
    Chapter 12. Exercise and Imagery
    • Theoretical Basis for Imagery Use in Exercise Settings
    • Research on Imagery and Exercise
    • Applications of Imagery in Exercise Settings
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 13. Future Directions in Research and Practice
    • Future Directions in Imagery Research
    • Future Directions in Imagery Practice
    • Conclusions

    References
    Index
    About the Authors
    Contributors

    About the Author

    Tony Morris, PhD, is a professor of sport and exercise psychology at Victoria University in Victoria, Australia. Morris has published widely on imagery in sport and is known as the leading researcher on the topic. He has authored numerous book chapters on imagery in sport and is the author of one of the leading texts on sport and exercise psychology as well as an authoritative reference text on the status of sport psychology around the world. He has held numerous positions with national and international sport psychology associations, including president of the Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology since 1999 and treasurer of the International Society of Sport Psychology since 2001.

    Michael Spittle, PhD, is a lecturer in motor behavior at the University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. His current teaching includes motor learning, motor control, sport and exercise psychology, measurement and evaluation in human movement, and cricket, as well as supervision of several postgraduate students. Spittle has a Physical Education and honors degree from Victoria University, a postgraduate degree in psychology from Deakin University, and a PhD from Victoria University in the area of imagery perspectives and performance of open and closed motor skills. He has participated in and enjoys many sports and activities including cricket, Australian Rules football, soccer, surfing, running and fitness training.

    Anthony Watt, PhD, is a lecturer in physical education at Victoria University in Victoria, Australia. Under Dr. Morris he completed his PhD work in 2003 in the area of assessment of imagery ability in sport. In addition to his lecturing, he cosupervises doctoral students working in the area of imagery use in sport. Watt has extensive background in physical education and sport, in which imagery has been examined.

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    "Imagery in Sport addresses the breadth of what researchers and practitioners in sport psychology know about the topic, and treats each issue in depth, considering current theories and research on imagery and its application in sport.”

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