For this time, I am going to talk about how good it is using Video Imagery.
Video imagery opens another important door to performance enhancement with children. In this case children watch movements of a highly skilled performer on video. It works best when the same movement is repeated over and over (about 10-15 times). The children are asked to watch the movement carefully, to try to feel themselves doing the movement and to carry that feeling into their own activity in the gym, pool, studio, arena, or on the playing field. Once the children are in the performance or practice arena, they are asked to recall the image and feeling of that skilled movement a number of times, and then do it.
An interesting study was conducted on the effects of performance imagery with young table tennis players (ages 7-11) attending a sports school in Beijing, China. The players were divided into three equal groups, all of whom devoted two hours a days to improve their table tennis skills. The first group did physical practice for the entire two hours. The second group watched a video of the world's best players for 15 minutes of their two-hour practice time. The third group (video-imagery group) spent 15 minutes during their two-hour practice session watching the same video, and while watching tried to imagine and feel themselves hit forehand and backhand smashes just like the great players on the video. Before executing their shots in the practice gym, these players tried to recall the movements and feelings they had experienced while watching the video. The players in the video-imagery group made dramatic improvements in both the accuracy and quality of their shots when compared to players in the other two groups. In the National Table Tennis competition, two of the players in the video-imagery group placed among the top three in the country for their age group. The combination of video and feeling imagery is effective for improving skills in other sports as well, such as swimming, golf, tennis, skiing, skating, gymnastics, football, baseball, basketball and hockey.
Regardingless of what skill a child wants to learn, skill acquisition can be enhanced through performance enhancement imagery. In their "make-believe" performance, remind children to "feel" themselves moving powerfully, smoothly and fluidly. They should try to make the image "flow" or "dance." The better children learn to control the movement in their make-believe or imagined performance, and the more they "feel" as if they are actually doing the skill flawlessly, the better their real performance will be. Continue to ask them to develop to be awesome in their imagery. Quality imagery influences the real connection between mind and body and also instills a greater sense of belief, literally "making a child believe." Both connection and belief are highly important in real performance.
So, if you are in the video-imagery group, you will have lesser time to practice as compared to other two groups. This will reduce the chances of getting injuries and also you train smart to improve.
Towards effortless and efficient swimming,
Giam Teck Choon
P.S. - The above information is part of the contents which I extracted from my SSC NCAP Theory Level One - Mental Skills Training course book.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 08, 2003