Title

Effects of a cognitive specific imagery intervention on the soccer skill performance of young athletes aged 11--12 and 13--14: A developmental perspective.

Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

Keywords

Psychology, Developmental.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The primary purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of a cognitive specific imagery intervention on the soccer skill performance of young athletes aged 11--12 and 13--14 years and determine if such performances vary with age and gender. A secondary purpose was to determine if such performances are a result of imagery function. Participants were 68 soccer athletes belonging to eight different teams. Teams were randomly assigned to either a CS or MG-A imagery group. Athletes were administered the SIQ-C and tested on the soccer skill to determine baseline performance. Following the intervention, athletes were tested on the same soccer skill, and completed the SIQ-C. Athletes in the current study did not increase their frequency of imagery use, nor did they improve their performance. Performances varied with respect to gender however, no significant age group differences were present. Reasons for these findings are discussed.Dept. of Human Kinetics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .M87. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0487. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.