Hypnosis in Sport
Remember hypnosis is a state of altered awareness, a state where the consciousness is more focused. The effects of suggestions are greatly increased in these states, what psychologists' term 'hyper-suggestibility'. It is this state that athletes and sportspeople, with the help of a hypnotist, can use suggestion to help improve performance, style, posture, confidence etc.
This state is also used when using hypnosis to help speed recovery, remove negative feelings, self-doubt, stress and other hindrances to peak performance.
During visualisation where the athlete is asked to imagine doing something - it requires, at times, tremendous effort to maintain concentration.
Taking this to the next level and introducing a Hypnotist specialising in Sport Hypnosis we could achieve far greater results, as the hypnotist can help the athlete achieve a state of hypnosis and thus a state of higher awareness, thereby enabling far greater concentration and also improving the ability to visualise.
Under hypnosis a person would be able to better 'see' themselves performing the tasks with the advantage of the correct expected result being placed into the subconscious where it would form part of the individuals 'programming'.
It is known that self-doubt is one of the contributors to poor performance on the day of an event - even when everything else is done correctly, personal doubt can foil the best athlete. Imagination is powerful and can override reason. Similarly self doubt or negative thoughts can bring about an injury or cramp just at the crucial moment.
Using Hypnosis in Sport particularly where the Practioner is from a sporting background could have many benefits to athletes at all levels.
Media Coverage Extracted from the article written by Gordon Manning for Successful Coaching.
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