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External Focus of Attention part 06: The Imagery Gymnasium

External Focus of Attention part 06: The Imagery Gymnasium

This is the final blog in our 6-part series on external focus of attention and figure skating.  The previous blogs described differences between the way experts and beginners perform their skills.  Experts, for example, tend to perform more subconsciously, and tend to...

External Focus of Attention part 04: You Must be Choking

External Focus of Attention part 04: You Must be Choking

Our blog series on external focus of attention, a motor learning theory we consider foundational to Athlete Centered Skating, continues here in part 04.  In previous blogs we presented some difference between how experts and beginners perform skills, the difference...

The Imagery of Success part 03: Motor Imagery in Practice

The Imagery of Success part 03: Motor Imagery in Practice

In the Imagery of Success parts 01 and 02 we discussed the basics of motor imagery – what it is, and the different types.  Please review those blogs before diving in to part 03 below. Think of an Onion Researchers suggest several methods to ensure athletes both...

The Imagery of Success part 02: Types of Motor Imagery

The Imagery of Success part 02: Types of Motor Imagery

In part 01 of this series we explained that motor imagery leverages sensory predictions that take place prior to actual movements.  In part 02, we explain several types of motor imagery athletes can learn to improve performance. Two different types of imagery pertain...

The Imagery of Success part 01: Motor Imagery Basics

The Imagery of Success part 01: Motor Imagery Basics

A recent study on the physical and psychological practice and competition strategies of U.S. athletes showed that mental imagery use is one of the three “strongest predictors of successful Olympic performance” (the other two are emotional control and self-talk)...

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