Can Visualization Improve Athletic Performance?

The visualization debate has been argued for years. Does it work? If so, how does it work?

Elite, Olympic, and professional athletes have visualized performances for decades. However, just because successful athletes believe in visualization doesn’t prove its effectiveness. After all, in the 1920s, cyclists believed smoking cigarettes while racing opened up their lungs. Pretty crazy, huh?

Let’s take a deeper look into the mental skill of visualization, more appropriately referred to as “guided mental imagery” or “mental rehearsal.”