Football Star Uses Visualisation Techniques

visualisation techniquesIn sports psychology, the power of the mind is taken for granted. Many top athletes and sportspeople focus their consciousness regularly and visualise their intended outcome. Visualisation has been proven to improve performance, with the brain not knowing the difference between a real and an imagined picture. Here’s what The Times recently reported about Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and his visual mental rehearsal: “As with many successful scorers, Drogba uses visualisation techniques, mentally rehearsing methods of escaping defenders before planting the ball past the goalkeeper.

 

“I actually think about the way I am going to score my goal,” he said. “I close my eyes and try to imagine it and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But most of the time when you get it in your head that you are going to score a certain kind of goal, it happens. It’s funny, but you create something in your head, a desire to score, an attitude and everything can go like this in the game.” This is nothing new in sports performance.

 

The power of the mind is frequently used by many stars to achieve a desired outcome: “the success I have from free-kicks is 5% skill and 95% successful imagery” -Gianfranco Zola (ex Chelsea & Italy) “I train myself mentally with visualization. The morning of a tournament, before I put my feet on the floor, I visualize myself making perfect runs with emphasis on technique, all the way through to what my personal best is in practice….”- Camille Duvalle, Champion Waterskier “I really don’t know (how to explain it), … Maybe it’s just because I feel like I focus more. I try and make the same mental approach going into each and every shot, but for some reason when it really matters, I seem to hit (better) golf shots for some reason. I don’t know why.” -Tiger Woods  “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head. It’s like a color movie. First I “see” where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I “see” the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. Then there’s a sort of fade out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.” – Jack Nicklaus, Champion Golfer

Discover More: Sport Success? Use Your Imagination, BBC News
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