Hypnosis and Sports Performance

“The results from the present study found that participants in the hypnosis intervention group scored significantly higher than the relaxation intervention group at post-intervention in dribbling and defensive skill scores…. and in three-point shooting scores. Participants in the hypnosis intervention group also performed significantly better at post-intervention than at pre-intervention in the dribbling, defensive and speed shooting skill components…

This quote is part of the findings of research conducted by Phd doctoral candidate Brian Vasquez at Washington State University. in 2005.*

He compared the performance of basketball players, some of whom underwent hypnosis aimed at strengthening performance and allowing the participants to enter a particular state of mind.

It’s one of many studies showing that hypnotherapy can significantly improve athletic performance.

Via the similar methodologies, hypnosis is equally effective in improving performance in most forms of human endeavour, whether business, artistic, athletic or personal improvement.

You can read the entire paper here.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of  DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Education DECEMBER 2005

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Demystifying Sports Hypnosis

In ‘Sports Coach’ Volume 27, Number 1, an Australian Sports Commission publication, Michelle Paccagnella,  a Sports Psychologist, ACT Academy of Sport, explains the use of hypnosis to improve sports performance.

For some time, hypnosis has been an accepted component of psychotherapy, medicine and dentistry. While there is a well-documented history of hypnosis being used in sport, it is not commonly discussed nor promoted as a useful technique for athletes. However, there now appears to be a resurgence of interest in the use of hypnosis in sport.

Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool for athletes for both therapeutic and performance-enhancement
purposes. Read on

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