Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Human Performance
Exercise and Sport Science
While previous research has suggested mental imagery (MI) is beneficial to sport performances, limited studies have addressed the underlying neurological influences of MI. The current study investigated: 1) which type of MI is preferred by novice and elite soccer athletes, visual or kinesthetic and 2) if EEG patterns vary based on ability to use imagery and skill level. Thirty-eight elite soccer athletes and 17 novice players performed three simple movements physically, then mentally rehearsed the movement with eyes closed, followed by MI on six soccer scenarios. EEG data, self rating on imagery tasks, and imagery preference were recorded. Visual imagery was found to be preferred by both groups with the elite group having a higher ability to use MI. Moreover, alpha amplitude of EEG significantly decreased during MI of soccer scenarios for the elite group, not the novice, suggesting extensive soccer experience might be associated with more focused and greater concentration during MI.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Marshall, Kate E., "INVESTIGATION OF THE IMAGERY PREFERENCE AND EEG PATTERNS OF ELITE AND NOVICE COLLEGIATE SOCCER PLAYERS" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 14.