Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Exercise and Sport Science
Mental imagery has been shown to effectively increase sport performances. However, limited studies have examined the underlying neurological influence of mental practice, especially with team sports. The current study investigated whether electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns differ based on an athlete's ability to use mental imagery and if differences exist between the two types of mental imagery, visual versus kinesthetic, when mentally rehearsing specific soccer scenarios. Ten college elite soccer athletes and seven novices participated in this study. EEG data and self-rating were collected during mental rehearsal of three simple movements and three soccer scenarios applying either visual or kinesthetic mental imagery. Although visual mental imagery was predominantly preferred for both groups, the alpha amplitude of EEG significantly decreased during kinesthetic mental imagery of the soccer scenarios for the elite group, suggesting a deeper brain involvement than the novice group.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Shepard, James Collier, "Comparisons of Visual Versus Kinesthetic Mental Imagery in Soccer Players: An EEG Study" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 227.