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“Physical repetition alone will not get the job done in mastering a skill and taking an athlete or team to the next level; imagery is equally, if not more important.” (Mallett). Many people believe that although the sport is played with the body, it is won by the mind. Not surprisingly sport performers increasingly turn to psychology in an effort to gain a winning edge over their rivals. In this sense, mental imagery, or the ability to represent the minds information that is not currently being perceived, is widely used by athletes to enhance their performance in competition. (Moran). Many sports such as golf, tennis, and swimming, not only require physical skills, but also a strong mental game. Most coaches say that sports are only 10% physical and 90% mental. An extra edge, the metal edge, can be extremely crucial in sports where hundredths of second or tenths of an inch separate the champions form the mediocre athletes, thus many athletes are turning towards mental imagery to take their sports performance to the next level. (Plessinger). Although physical training alone is effecti…
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