Rooney’s mind craves forensic details before a game for one special purpose: to enhance the accuracy of his psychological preparation.
“I lie in bed the night before the game and visualise myself scoring goals or doing well,” he once revealed.
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The use of imagery primes their muscles to perform correct technique and to execute appropriate actions in competition, but it also conditions their mind to think clearly about how they will react to certain pressures, situations and problems.
Consider it a ‘mental warm-up.’ This method is used regularly by many of the world’s best tennis players who are currently competing at the Australian Open.
On the evening before a Premier League football match, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney habitually asks the club’s kit man what colour shirts, shorts and socks the team will wear the next day.
Djokovic was taught to visualise his shots to the accompaniment of classical music by his first coach.“You are creating the sights and sounds and smells, the atmosphere, the sensation, and the nerves, right down to the early morning wake-up call and that feeling in your stomach.It helps your body to get used to performing under pressure.” Once the game begins and Wilkinson is required to kick for goal, he uses a visualisation routine to help him put the ball between the posts: “I visualise the ball travelling along that path and imagine the sensation of how the ball is going to feel when it hits my foot for the perfect strike.” It’s clear that visualisation is no longer just an abstract concept associated with hippies, dreamers and people who own crystal skulls, but a quantifiable component of modern sports psychology.Using electromyographic equipment, Suinn discovered that skiers who simply visualised skiing downhill fired electrical impulses and produced muscle patterns almost identical to those found when the skiers actually hit the slopes.Of course, no amount of visualisation can make up for years of physical practise – we’re not in the realm of X-Men just yet.
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