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High Jump Visual Imagery

High Jump Visual Imagery Is In Your Mind First!

Before moving into the waggle, you must use high jump visual imagery and see the process. To envision means to picture mentally, especially some future event or events.

High Jump Visual Imagery
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High jumpers see their jump in their mind first. They imagine all aspects of the jump, They see the waggle, straightaway, curve, takeoff, blocking, leaning, flight, landing, and the celebration.

Great jumpers can feel what’s happening as well. In other words, a jumper can see can see themselves planting for takeoff. They can see the angle and the foot on the ground. Additionally, they can feel the rubber surface through their shoe. The can feel the pressure on the knee. They may even feel the temperature and wind in their hair.

Sometimes, high jump visual imagery looks like Blanka Vlasic below. She is concentrating with closed-eyes.

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Other times, it looks like the wide-eyed movements used by Derek Drouin below. His body is going through the motions he’s seeing in his mind.

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In both pictures, the jumpers are using high jump visual imagery before their start. 

Professional Opinions. High jump visual imagery is powerful, according to professional opinion.

Judith Albright, MA, said this about visualization. 

Visualization is similar to daydreaming. In both processes, you create imaginary mental images. The difference between visualization and daydreaming is the intent. Daydreaming allows your mind to wander at will. When you visualize and focus on something specific, you are putting intention behind it. It is the intention that creates the energy that creates the attraction. The attraction starts the action that produces the manifestation.

Furthermore, Guang Yue, a psychologist said this.

Comparing people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads. There was a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who used mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%).

When a jumper sees the exact sequence,  the high jump, chances are they will be performed the same in the actual jump. Here is Emma Green Tregaro intensely using high jump visual imagery. 

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Olympic Athlete Study.

A noted Ph.D. discovered.

Olympic athletes fire the same muscles when using high
jump visual imagery and when actually performing. The mind cannot distinguish between reality and practice. The visualization helps the muscles fall into place in reality.

When a jumper stands at the starting line of his or her approach, they get ready to start by envisioning. Visualizing the jump with concentration helps the jumper perform as expected with no surprises.

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Former collegiate high jumper and current high jump coach. I love teaching and sharing useful information. I love the sport of high jump and track & field events in general. Looking to help as many high jump enthusiasts as possible!

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