USOC Mental Fitness Exercises - Mental Imagery

The exercises, below, were developed by the United States Olympic Committee, to help athletes develop better Mental Imagery skills.

If you haven’t, already, you can access the USOC’s Mental Imagery assessment by clicking on the below button.

USOC Mental Fitness Assessment

Imagery Sensory Checklist

This exercise is designed to help you integrate your senses into your imagery. In this exercise you will rate your ability to create imageries in your head, given certain cues.

USOC Mental Imagery - Exercise #1

Imaging Sports Skills

As you redefine your ability to image with all of your senses, begin using imagery to see yourself performing a skill in your sport.

USOC Mental Imagery - Exercise #2

Competitive Situation Imagery

This exercise explores strategies that can help you to refocus, once you have been distracted.

  • Recognize Distractions
  • Select Your Focus
  • Prepare to Concentrate
  • Create Concentration Cues
  • Create Your Own Refocusing Routine
USOC Mental Imagery - Exercise #3

Controlling Outcome

The key to imagery as a performance enhancement tool is not just to make vivid images, but images that you can control - making what you want to happen, happen.

USOC Mental Imagery - Exercise #4