Owing to brain research we know that it is enough to think of a movement (e.g. service in tennis) to activate almost the same areas of the brain, that are involved in the actual movement.
In addition, we also know that the repeated use of “information highways” in the brain (associated nerve cells) is a central feature of many learning processes.
So one could conclude: Mental Practice must be working.
But is it really that easy?
Finally, an extremely important component is missing: Feedback from the environment.
Was the imagined movement really successful?
So how effective is mental training in comparison to physical practice?
Let’s take a look at the research…
Psychology – Sport Psychology – Mental Practice – Mental Training – Motor Imagery – Basketball – Free throw – Relaxation – Surgery – Tennis – Sport – Brain – Mental Representation
Author: Eskil Burck