Effect of imagery on free throw performance in young basketball players

Leonardo de Sousa Fortes, Yuri Andrey Ferreira do Carmo, Rhayanne Beatriz dos Santos Félix Cruz, Ewerton Thiago Pereira de Lima, Henrique Novais Mansur

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6063/motricidade.7656


The purpose of the present study was to analyze the effect of imaginary training on the free-throw performance in young basketball players. The sample consisted of 33 volunteers aged between 14 and 15 years, divided randomly into two groups: experimental (EG, n = 16) and control (CG, n = 17) group. Both groups underwent the same physical/technical training plan during eight weeks. The CG watched videos on the history of the Olympic Games, while the EG performed the imaginary training 3 times for week interspersed with the period of 48 hours. Performance in free-throw (hit percentage) was measured before and after 8 weeks. The results presented time (F(2, 31) = 19.65, p = .01) and group (F(2, 31) = 40.09, p = .001) effect. It was identified significant differences in free-throw performance between EG and CG after 8 weeks (F(2, 31) = 43.13, p = .01, d = .5). Thus, it was concluded that imaginary training was efficient to maximize free-throw performance in young basketball players.

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