Exercise Science Thesis Abstracts

Kimberly Pivirotto (Peter Murray), 2004

Sports Psychology: The Use of Imagery, Goal Setting, and Elimination of Distractions in Stress and Injury Management for Athletes

This research was conducted to show the important role that the mind plays in physical sport. The implication and use of sports psychology and research over the years was examined to determine the impact of such methods on athletes. For the past thirty years, sports psychology has grown and advanced the overall performance of athletes at every sport level. Different methods, practices and guidelines have been adopted so that coaches, trainers, parents and even athletes themselves can learn how to operate at peak athletic performance. Studies show an overwhelming positive response to the use of sports psychology. Integrating sports psychology into the already dominant physical regimen of athletes can lead to a better overall performance, using the mind and body of the athlete.