Sport Hypnosis

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Human Kinetics, 2000 - Psychology - 197 pages
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Harness the power of your own mind! Hypnosis is now a mainstream, modern training technique used by top professionals; it's not the submissive state that has been portrayed in movies and misunderstood by the public. It can help you sharpen your mental focus, relax your body, visualize success, stimulate healing, and control your emotions during training or when facing important competitions.

The positive effects are similar to what sport psychologists, coaches, and athletes refer to when they talk about “getting in the zone.” In this state of mental functioning you channel attention and energies fully toward the task at hand. Sport Hypnosisis a guide to that special psychological realm and the higher performance athletes aspire to.

First, Sport Hypnosispresents an overview of mental training and hypnosis. Next, the book provides specific information on how you can use hypnosis to enhance a variety of mental skills. These skills include relaxation, imagery, goal setting, concentration, easing pain, and increasing inner strength. Finally, because athletes rarely focus on one skill at a time, Sport Hypnosisdescribes in detail how coaches and athletes can apply and combine different hypnotic techniques. Five case studies explain how athletes improved several aspects of their performance through hypnosis. You'll read how hypnosis helped a soccer player eliminate a long-standing, debilitating hamstring pain and how a basketball player achieved a higher free-throw percentage.

Author Dr. Don Liggett presents the hypnosis techniques that he has applied effectively with athletes in many different sports. You can adopt these techniques readily to your own training and competitions. If you're looking for a way to improve the mental side of your performance equation, Sport Hypnosisjust may be the edge you need to become a champion.

 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Incorporating Hypnosis Into Mental Training
1
Demystifying Hypnosis
3
Taking Mental Training to the Next Level
19
Developing Specific Mental Training Skills
23
Easing Out Tension
25
Imaging Perfect Performance
41
Unleashing SelfHealing
121
Learning From Case Studies
133
David the Quarterback
135
Scott the Soccer Player
143
Matt the Kayaker
153
Jim the PoleVaulter
161
Beth the Basketball Player
167
Final Thoughts
173

Mobilizing Energy
57
Building Motivation With Goals
65
Optimizing Arousal Levels
77
Eliminating Distractions
93
Gaining Inner Strength
99
Easing Pain
113
Reducing Fear in a Reluctant Athlete
180
Glossary
186
References
187
Index
191
About the Author
197
Copyright

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Donald R. Liggett,now deceased, was a professor of psychology and education and a hypnotherapist certified through the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He worked with a wide variety of athletes, including powerlifters, basketball players, football kickers and receivers, gymnasts, wrestlers, hockey players, and cross country runners. He received his master's degree in experimental psychology and doctorate in international education and educational psychology from Stanford University. While teaching the psychology of hypnosis at Stanford, he became the first person to use hypnosis to improve athletic performance of members of Stanford's gymnastics and football teams.

In 1997, Liggett was invited to teach sport psychology at the University of Malaya and to use hypnosis to help Malaysian athletes prepare for the 1998 Commonwealth Games. These efforts were rewarded when three of his athletes won medals—two golds and one bronze.

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