The Effects of an Imagery Rehearsal, Relaxation, and Self-Talk Package on Basketball Game Performance

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Gail KendallUniversity of Manitoba

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Dennis HrycaikoUniversity of Manitoba

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Garry L. MartinUniversity of Manitoba

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Tom KendallUniversity of Winnipeg

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This study investigated the effects of an imagery rehearsal, relaxation, and self-talk package on the performance of a specific defensive basketball skill during competition. Subjects were four female intercollegiate basketball players. A single-subject multiple-baseline-across-individuals design was employed to evaluate the intervention package. The intervention was clearly effective in enhancing a basketball skill during games, and social validity measures were very positive. The need for further research in this area is discussed.

G. Kendall is with Basketball Manitoba, 1192 St. Matthews, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G OK1. D. Hrycaiko is with the Faculty of P.E. & Recreation Studies, U. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2. G.L. Martin is with the Dept. of Psychology at the U. of Manitoba. T. Kendal is with the Dept. of Recreation & Athletics at the U. of Winnipeg.

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