The relationship between imagery type and collective efficacy in elite and non elite athletes

David Shearer, Rob Thompson, Stephen D Mellalieu, Catherine R Shearer

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between imagery function and individual perceptions of collective efficacy as a function of skill level. Elite (n = 70) and non elite (n = 71) athletes from a number of interactive team sports completed the Sport Imagery Questionnaire (SIQ) and the Collective Efficacy Inventory (CEI). Multiple hierarchical regression analysis was then used to examine which SIQ sub-scales predicted individualperceptions of collective efficacy. For the elite sample, Motivational General-Mastery (MG-M) imagery accounted for approximately 17% of the variance in collective efficacy scores. No significant predictions were observed in the non elite sample. The findings suggest MG-M imagery as a potential technique to improve levels of collective efficacy although competitive level may moderate the effectiveness of such interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180 - 187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Volume6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • mental rehersal
  • mental skills
  • team confidence
  • self efficacy

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