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Mental Sports Psychology and Contemporary Visualization Technology



As a person, I’m always for the underdog, the sportsman that comes out of nowhere, puts up a great fight, and achieves the seemingly hopeless against intense experienced and much more demanding opponents. Really, a lot people feel this way, and that’s such popular films like Rocky show stay all time favorites in our culture. Okay what exactly does it require to grow strength of character, the will power, and self confidence emerge successful against the chances and to make the grade? Well, let us talk about that, since I believe in the future it may become a good deal simpler than it’s been for sportsmen that are previous.

Professor Martin Hagger of Curtin University has a superb Sports Psychology YouTube Video titled; “The Mental Games: Inside the head of an Olympic athlete,” which is worth seeing. In this video Professor Martin Hagger talks about the significance of vision for high performance sportsmen.

This of course, is nothing new, in fact Maxwell Maltz wrote an excellent novel in the 1950’s titled; “Psychocybernetics” in which he mentions how visual imagery in the mind is a strong force for an athlete. The top example in that novel talks about how basketball players sitting in a seat at the ‘free throw line’ for six hours visualizing the ball going in time after time, shot better free throw typical in following basketball games than those who really spent 6-hours doing the custom of throwing the ball in the hoop.

Now then, what if we fast forward to today’s things like Virtual Reality technology, Holographic Projection, and Video Editing and helped the least creative sportsman visualize such things? After all, folks believe the things that they see, and that reality will be adopted by their heads when they see it in a sport simulator, video, hologram, or augmented reality. Belief and expectancy are significant for accomplishment. That’s a fact that is proven. It is the “Believe to Achieve” theory that so many motivational speakers and private trainers talk about. It is real, and I can vouch for the power of visualization and mental stamina in sports as a former high performance athlete.

Imagine if you had a track star and chose that sportsman’s picture jogging and that of the competition they were to conquer, and then revealed the two running together in a 3D hologram to the finish line and then right at the end you revealed your sportsman beating the other out in the tape. Do not you believe that would be really strong in that athlete’s mind, comparable to the greatest theories of psychocybernetics? I wish we had that technology once I was in high school and faculty as a track star. Sure, I won lots of races, but perhaps I might have won and gone farther in my interests? Please consider all this and think on it.

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