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Behav Brain Funct. 2013 Feb 20;9:8. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-9-8.

Coupling movement with imagery as a new perspective for motor imagery practice.

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  • 1Centre de Recherche et d'Innovation sur le Sport, EA 647, Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1, Performance Motrice, Mentale et du Matériel (P3M), 27-29 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, Villeurbanne, Cedex, 69622, France. aymeric.guillot@univ-lyon1.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recent data support the beneficial role of gesturing during mental practice. The present study examined whether coupling motor imagery (MI) with some movement sequences (dynamic imagery condition) impacted motor performance to a greater extent than performing MI while remaining motionless.

METHODS:

A group of active high jumpers imagined their jump both with and without associated arm movement. Three outcome variables were measured: the number of successful attempts, the temporal congruence between MI and actual jump performance, and the technical quality of the jump.

RESULTS:

Data revealed that dynamic imagery enhanced both MI quality and temporal congruence between MI and motor performance, and further improved the technical efficacy of the jump. Athletes also reported more vivid representation while coupling MI with actual movement.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data support the hypothesis that performing dynamic imagery might contribute to enhance MI quality and efficacy, and sketch potentially fruitful new directions for MI practice.

PMID:
23425312
PMCID:
PMC3599464
DOI:
10.1186/1744-9081-9-8
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