Sport psychology focuses on making individuals involved in sports attain a mental edge through improved personal performance and training. Sport psychology is considered a technique employed in handling competitive anxiety or any stress that relates to training and competition. Sport psychology improves personal confidence, focus and motivation towards a certain sport through training and management of anxiety. Mental imagery has considerable influence on the performance of an athlete including their intrinsic motivation as demonstrated in the experiment.
Roure et al undertook an experiment on autonomous nervous system reaction and relates to mental rehearsal with the result being improvements on sport performance. The test subjects were categorized into imagery and control groups. The sport under study was volleyball and the tasks measured the capacity of each group to pass a served ball to a teammate (Plessinger, 2012). The study determined discrepancies of the ANS while the players undertook motor skills and mental rehearsal sessions. The evaluations of ANS concentrated on the skin aptitude and resistance, temperature and heat removal, immediate heart velocity and respiratory rate (Plessinger, 2012).
The outcomes of this investigation demonstrated strong correlations for the real physical undertakings and the mental imagery session. The investigation presented exceptional skills for the imagery group relative to the skills of the control group. Additionally, the control group presented no dissimilarity between the pre-test and post-test periods. The investigation demonstrated the role of imagery in inducing identifiable patterns of self-directed responses. The responses included; reduced amplitude, shorter time interval and negative skin tendency relative to the control group. The imagery group demonstrated improved performance, as a result of ANS (Plessinger, 2012).
In conclusion, the experiment assertion is that mental imagery assists in the formulation of plans, which are generated unconsciously during actual activities. According to Roure et al, Mental imagery enhances the performance of a sportsperson and their overall motivation (Plessinger, 2012).