Can imagery facilitate improvements in anticipation behavior?

Nicholas Smeeton, J.R. Hibbert, K. Stevenson, J. Cumming, A.M. Williams

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Abstract

Objectives: We examined the effectiveness of interventions involving imagery, video, and outcome feedback in improving anticipation in skilled junior cricket batters. Design/method: Participants (N = 34, Mean age = 14.9 years, SD = 0.75) were allocated to one of three groups matched on imagery ability or a no practice control. The experimental groups received a four-week, film-based training intervention. Results: All experimental groups improved anticipation performance during training. Pre to posttest improvements were greater for the group that received outcome Knowledge of Results (KR) compared to groups that also received a video replay of the bowler's action or imaged the previously seen action. All experimental groups improved visual imagery ability, measured by the VMIQ-2, but only the imagery intervention group improved in the kinesthetic dimension. Conclusion: Our findings show that all three interventions are effective in improving anticipation and benefit imagery ability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-210
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Sport
  • Action observation
  • Expertise
  • Equivalence

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