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How Brain Training Improves Sports Performance

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Published on Feb 6, 2014

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Want to win gold? It helps to train your brain, not just your body. Studies with athletes show that using imagery techniques to train your brain can improve your physical performance.

Check out the science of the Olympics over at Untamed Science http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
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References:

Callow, N., Roberts, R., & Fawkes, J. Z. (2006). Effects of dynamic and static imagery on vividness of imagery, skiing performance, and confidence. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 1(1).

Guillot, A., Genevois, C., Desliens, S., Saieb, S., & Rogowski, I. (2012). Motor imagery and 'placebo-racket effects' in tennis serve performance. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13

Lotze, M., & Halsband, U. (2006). Motor imagery. Journal of Physiology-Paris,99(4), 386-395.

Miyai, I., Tanabe, H. C., Sase, I., Eda, H., Oda, I., Konishi, I., ... & Kubota, K. (2001). Cortical mapping of gait in humans: a near-infrared spectroscopic topography study. Neuroimage, 14(5), 1186-1192.

Munzert, J., Lorey, B., & Zentgraf, K. (2009). Cognitive motor processes: the role of motor imagery in the study of motor representations. Brain Research Reviews, 60(2), 306-326.

Medal images: Wikimedia commons
Music: Bass Walker by Kevin MacLeod/http://incompetech.com

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