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Carl Hruza

 
By Carl Hruza
Published on February 12, 2009
 
You'll find many athletes who are ready to do just about anything to get an extra "edge" over the competition. Some of the common ways that athletes take up to prepare for competition are special diets, supplements, and physical conditioning, to name a few.

You'll find many athletes who are ready to do just about anything to get an extra "edge" over the competition. Some of the common ways that athletes take up to prepare for competition are special diets, supplements, and physical conditioning, to name a few. However, there is one thing that most athletes overlook it is the mental training, or visualization. You'll be surprise to know that many top athletes have benefited from this type of training.

Various studies indicate that creating the mind/body connection, through visualization can significantly improve the athlete's skills. This training will not only help athletes to become more focused, but also be able to overcome training burnout.

The term “visualization” refers to the mental practice and preparation of the game. Here are some of the benefits that visualization can do to improve sports performance:
  • Right State – It help players to be in the right state of mind before the final game. Once the players are able to focus and block out everything going on outside can greatly improve their performance.
  • Enhancing Skills – Learning visualization is like learning a new skill. It also improves and prefect the current skills of an athlete.
  • Reviewing – It is one of the important abilities that every athlete must know. Only an athlete who is able to review their play will be able to improve and perform better the next time.
  • Strategy – Visualization also help in mentally going over every possible situations that may arise during a game. This skill also help in preparing strategies for the game.
  • Winning attitude – It is important to have a winning attitude before every game. Generally, athletes lose their confidence after a losing game, which can have a negative effect on their game. Therefore, to overcome this felling visualization is vital.
Just like any other training, visualization have a crucial role to play in the lives of athletes. It act as an important tool to improve and be the best. Visualization can be developed only with patience and practice.