The more senses you are able to incorporate into an imagery session, the more powerful the image will work in your favor during competition. For example, a basketball player can create a voice recorded 1 minute free throw visualization program on his/her smartphone for daily use. Here is an example of a multi-sensory imagery recording:
“I stand ready at the free throw line. I take a deep breath. I am relaxed. The ball is bounced to me and I hear the bounce. I dribble 3 times. I place my finger on the groove. In my mind, I visualize a swish. I made the free throw. I look at the back of the rim. Set my legs. Set my elbow. Release the ball with a perfect back spin. Swish.”
Every day, when he/she listens to this recording and then practices the routine, they are aligning their imagination with the outcome. It is a powerful mental tool that can have a major impact on performance. Studies have proven time and time again, that regular use of imagery improves muscle memory and sport-specific skills faster than actual training. Combine mental and physical training and an athlete gains a competitive edge.