Ice hockey players' understanding and experiences of imagery
One image can have various functions for one individual (Nordin & Cumming, 2005).
Therefore this study took a qualitative approach to examine the following purposes: (1) To
examine ice hockey players’ understanding of imagery, (2) to examine ice hockey players
imagery experiences and (3) to examine ice hockey players’ strategies to improve their
imagery. Eleven elite ice hockey players (m = 23,09) participated in this study, they were
interviewed using the instrument IPIES (Weibull, 2008). The result showed that: (1) ten
players had a correct and limited understanding for the concept imagery, (2) ten players
experienced imagery and (3) all players in some way wanted improve their imagery. The
players experienced voluntary, spontaneous and involuntary imagery. Involuntary had a
negative effect that support previous findings by Weibull (2005), further this study
support Cumming and Hall (2002) that some athletes experience spontaneous imagery.
The results were discussed in relation to previous imagery research.
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