Sport Psychology & Canoe-Sport

REAL WORLD GOAL SETTING IN CANOE-SPORT

Campbell Walsh interview just prior to winning a silver medal in slalom kayak at the Athens Olympics 2004. He discusses goal-setting and the focus is on being a better paddler rather than a five-ring focus. Interesting when contrasted with the follow up interview in which he describes listening to the commentary during his slalom run.

Pre-Athens Article

Post-Athens Article

 THERE IS MORE TO AN IMAGE THAN MEETS THE EYE

A study of how elite slalom paddlers employ imagery in both preparation and competition. Olympic medallists were part of this sample which was the first to explore talk-throughs, walk-throughs and the role of the coach in detail.  Also interesting is the fact that for this sample, imagery did not involve all their senses but only relevant senses, including visual and kinaesetheic senses.

The article is published online in the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport & Physical Activity and another related article is available here.

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