I just released a new relaxation and visualization audio program for athletes called Sports Mindset Audio.
Visualization can be defined as: ”
“Mentally rehearsing a skill, action, or outcome that you want to accomplish during training, practice or competition”
High level athletes often practice visualization to:
- Improve performance
- Get extra reps in a specific skill
- Feel relaxed, calm, and confident
- Prepare for stressful events
The best of the best athletes ever use visualization for these reasons.
Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s All-time leading rusher. Here are a couple quotes that explain how important it was for him to visualize while training to become a professional, and during his time as a pro:
Steve Nash is the NBA’s all-time leader in Free Throw percentage at 90.43%. Here’s a brief explanation from a Sports Illustrated article that explains how he used visualization to achieve this:
Carli Lloyd is one of the USA women’s national team’s best players. In the 2015 World Cup Final, she famously scored a hat trick, including a blast from midfield. She spoke about visualization several times after that event: