The present paper examines the value of hypnosis in applied sport psychology. The following issues will be addressed: (a) what is hypnosis?, (b) theoretical perspectives on hypnosis, (c) hypnotizability, (d) factors influencing the effectiveness of hypnosis, (e) misconceptions and concerns about hypnosis, (f) the hypnotic process, (g) research on hypnosis and athletic performance, (h) uses in applied sport psychology, and (i) training in hypnosis. These issues will be considered with respect to the particular needs of athletes and the specific demands of sport.
Jim Taylor is on a leave of absence from the School of Psychology at Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314. Richard Horevitz and Gloria Balague are with the Department of Psychology, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL 60680.