Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Daniel R. Czech

Committee Member 1

Daniel R. Czech

Committee Member 2

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 3

Tony Lachowetz

Committee Member 4

Barry Munkasy

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a three week imagery and video imagery intervention program on throwing accuracy performance of individual baseball pitchers. A secondary purpose of this study was to investigate if differences in accuracy response existed in low verses high ability imagers. A sample of pitchers (n=30) were asked to take the Movement Imagery Questionnaire- Revised and participants were randomly selected from the highest and lowest twenty percent of the group. The participants were obtained from high school and college level teams within the southeastern Georgia region (n= 6). Following the first week of baseline measurements, two high ability and two low ability imagers took part in a three week video imagery and imagery intervention program. Two participants of each imagery ability, served as the control group and were asked only try their best during throwing accuracy measurements. Results showed that two participants demonstrated an increase in performance, while all participants expressed a desire to continue to use imagery for its various effects. Suggestions for future research and further insight are discussed.

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