The effects of an imagery intervention using action research methodology in a practical coaching environment.
Jones, Leigh W.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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The purpose of this case study was to examine the effects of an imagery intervention via an action research methodology, in a practical coaching environment. The study, involving an elite rugby player, was conducted over a l4-week period with a followup/ retention interview carried out approximately six months after the completion of the study. The participant's imagery use was explored and specific (imagery) intervention strategies implemented to; (a) improve the vividness/clarity of all his images, thus facilitating a better transfer into the various elements of his game: and (b) provide an overall pre-performance routine that enabled the participant to generate an appropriate activation state for matches. Results from the study confirmed the orthogonal use of all SIQ sub-scale imagery functions (Hall, Mack, Pavio, & Hausenblas, 1998), and highlighted the possible existence of other types of motivational imagery not identified by Hail et al. (1998). The study highlighted the advantages of athletes' incorporating a structured psychological skills programme into their training and performance routine and the need for coaches to undergo some form of psychological skills training if they are to provide the optimum environment in which their athletes can produce high levels of perfomance. A key feature of the study was that the same individual fulfilled the roles of practitioner, researcher and coach. The study highlights issues regarding the duality of roles and role conflict, and offers future research directions based on the present findings.
MSc Coaching Science Thesis
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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