Hypnosis and sport performance
Encyclopedia of sports medicine.
Hypnosis is a suggestive technique that has been used to help a person change thoughts, perceptions, sensations, or behaviors. The use of hypnosis for enhancing sport performance has enjoyed a steady increase over the past three decades. As athletes have recognized the importance of mental training techniques in their quest for excellence, effective interventions such as hypnosis have come increasingly into use. Although hypnosis has value if used properly in sports performances, it also has the potential for harm if applied inappropriately in sporting situations. This entry focuses on the characteristics of sports performers who can successfully be hypnotized, the ways hypnosis can be used effectively to empower sports performers, and the type of hypnosis thought to be most effective with the athlete population.
Henschen, K.P. & Gordin, R.D. (2011). Hypnosis and sport performance. In L.J. Micheli (Ed). Encyclopedia of sports medicine. (pp.686-688).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781412961165.n258