Imagery Intervention to Increase Flow State and Performance in Competition

Koehn, Stefan and Morris, Tony and Watt, Anthony (2014) Imagery Intervention to Increase Flow State and Performance in Competition. Sport Psychologist.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an imagery intervention for enhancing the experience of flow state and performance in junior athletes. On the basis of previous results, a tailored imagery script was developed to target critical flow dimensions, namely challenge-skills balance, clear goals, concentration on the task, and sense of control. It was hypothesised that the use of cognitive and motivational imagery would increase specific flow dimensions, which, in turn, would enhance flow state and competition performance. Participants in a single-case, multiple baseline A-B design study were four nationally ranked athletes. Following a 6-week baseline phase monitoring flow state and performance and a 6-week intervention phase, three participants showed a sustained increase in flow experiences, and all four participants improved their service performance, groundstroke performance, and ranking-list position.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: As accepted for publication.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Stefan Koehn
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 09:38
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 09:38
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576

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