The Effects of Goal-Setting and Imagery Training Programs on the Free-Throw Performance of Female Collegiate Basketball Players

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Bart S. LernerThe Citadel

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Andrew C. OstrowWest Virginia University

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Michael T. YuraWest Virginia University

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Edward F. EtzelWest Virginia University

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The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of goal-setting and imagery programs, as well as a combined goal-setting and imagery training program, on the free-throw performance among female collegiate basketball players over the course of an entire season. A multiple-baseline, single-subject A-B-A design was employed in which participants were randomly assigned to one of three interventions: (a) goal-setting (n = 4), (b) imagery (n = 4), or (c) goal-setting and imagery (n = 4). Free-throw data were collected during practice sessions. Data were examined by way of changes in mean, level, trend, latency, and variability between baseline and intervention, and then between intervention and a second baseline phase. Three participants in the goal-setting program, and one participant in the goal-setting and imagery program, increased their mean free-throw performance from baseline to intervention. However, three participants in the imagery program decreased their mean free-throw performance from baseline to intervention. Goal discrepancy scores also were investigated. A positive correlation was found between participants’ free-throw performance and personal goals.

Bart S. Lerner is with the Counseling Center at The Citadel, Charleston, SC 29409. Andrew C. Ostrow and Edward F. Etzel both are with the School of Physical Education, and Michael T. Yura is with the Department of Counseling Psychology, all at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506.

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