Hypnosis in sport: cases, techniques and issues

William P. Morgan and Aaron J. Stegner

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Hypnosis in sport: cases, techniques and issues

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This article focuses on professional consultations with emphasis on key points derived from selected cases, along with techniques and issues involving the use of hypnosis in exercise and sport settings. Athletes, coaches, and sports medicine physicians sometimes request hypnosis for performance enhancement, as well as for the restoration of previous levels of performance following compromise. A fundamental question in both cases involves the matter of actual capacity. As this article states there are a number of case reports and research studies applying quasi-experimental designs to address whether or not human physical performance can be enhanced with hypnosis. Unfortunately, most of the hypnosis research dealing with physical performance has relied on the use of tasks that are governed by the individual's subjective decision to continue or discontinue exertion. This article further examines some case studies and exhibits the results from other case studies.

Keywords: performance enhancement; sports medicine physician; measured capacity; maximal muscular effort; physical performance

Article.  10338 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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