ERIC Number: ED326504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Self Hypnosis for Elite Athletes.
Davey, Colin P.
A summary of the use of hypnosis in sport (Morgan 1980) has suggested that the evidence in this area is equivocal, particularly in strength, endurance, and psychomotor tasks. However, some experiments have demonstrated the potential use of hypnosis. This paper presents examples of two elite Australian athletes who achieve success using hypnosis or self-hypnosis. One, an outstanding shooter (moving targets) had injured his arm and lost confidence in his ability to regain his former standing in the sport. With the assistance of a sport psychologist and after instruction in self-hypnosis, this athlete practiced a self-hypnosis procedure and used it in competition, emerging with a gold medal. The other, a tennis player, overcame tension and anxiety with progressive relaxation and imagery, achieved through hypnosis. Within 12 months he won several tournaments and was chosen for Australia's Davis Cup team. While not all athletes will achieve success through hypnosis or self-hypnosis, nevertheless, it appears that those athletes who possess skills and fitness can use the procedure successfully to achieve their potential. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine (Amsterdam, Netherlands, June, 1990).