Using an imagery intervention to train visual exploratory activity in elite academy football players

Chris Pocock, Matt Dicks, Richard Thelwell, Michael Chapman, Jamie Barker

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Abstract

Football players adapt their movements to opportunities within the surrounding environment by engaging in visual exploratory activity (VEA) to pick-up information. This study adds to the extant literature by using a six-week PETTLEP imagery intervention to train VEA and improve performance with the ball. A single-case, multiple-baseline across participants’ design was conducted with five elite academy football players. Results indicated that a PETTLEP imagery intervention improved VEA, particularly in center midfielders. Additionally, indications of improvements in performance with the ball were present within some participants. Future researchers could examine the processes underpinning VEA to enhance applied interventions for this skill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-234
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date24 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • visual exploratory activity
  • PETTLEP imagery
  • affordances
  • decision-making

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