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Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity

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Layered Stimulus Response Training versus Combined Action Observation and Imagery: Effects on Golf Putting Performance and Imagery Ability Characteristics

Ben Marshall
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  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe CW1 5DU, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Published Online: 2016-10-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jirspa-2016-0007


This experiment compared the effectiveness of layered stimulus response training (LSRT) and combined action observation and motor imagery (AOMI) for improving golf putting performance and imagery ability characteristics. Twenty-four novice golfers were randomly assigned to LSRT, AOMI or reading (control) intervention groups (n=8), that all incorporated physical practice. Putting performance and imagery ability characteristics were measured at pre-test (day 1), post-test (day 5) and retention test (day 8). Putting performance improved in the LSRT group but not in the AOMI or control groups. Whilst there was no change in general movement imagery ability across the experiment, task-specific imagery ability did improve in both the LSRT and AOMI groups.

Keywords: imagery training; bio-informational theory; mental practice; sport performance


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Published Online: 2016-10-28

Published in Print: 2016-01-01

Citation Information: Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 35–46, ISSN (Online) 1932-0191, ISSN (Print) 2194-637X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jirspa-2016-0007.

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