Hypnosis can be used to focus the attention to make you succeed by improving athletic performance in many different situations.
Confidence-building through ego-strengthening messages are used to programme people with winning attitudes. Trigger words or small actions (like squeezing middle finger and thumb together) can be implanted as post-hypnotic suggestions, and when the athletes repeat the words or squeeze their finger and thumb in their competition they will be provided with a surge of energy and confidence.
This method is widely used in improving athletic performance training of Olympic athletes and professional sportspeople.
Before a sporting event, the thought of failing can be enough to trigger feelings of fear, causing the athlete to lose focus, and even leading to physical symptoms such as feeling weak at the knees, butterflies in the stomach, and blurred vision. Hypnotherapy can help in improving performance just when you need it.
Visual imagery is used to enhance a sporting performance so that athletes feel as though they can “watch” themselves.
Visualising specific movements from the inside creates neural pathways in the brain, improving neuromuscular co-ordination. The brain tells the muscles when and how to move so the stronger the patterns, the more perfect the movement is likely to be.
Running mental “films” of your own success helps to convince the subconscious mind that it can achieve its desired goal. A study in the US in the 1960s gave basketball players sessions with a hypnotherapist, in which they received suggestions for playing a better game and visualising themselves winning. When their shooting scores were compared with the scores of a control group of players, (not exposed to hypnosis) they were found to be significantly better.
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