During this webinar we will be exploring the connection between sport and the key benefits of IM training. We will cover the importance of focus, concentration, rhythm and timing, coordination, balance, motor planning and sequencing and decision making; skills that are vital in any sporting performance, but focusing primarily on hockey goaltending.
IM training has the potential to fill the gap that currently exists between unique sporting skills, identified as necessary for peak performance, such as rhythm and timing, focus, decision making and concentration, but not yet filled in regular sports training programs. An important aspect of combining IM training with regular sports programs, is identifying the unique requirements of the individual athlete’s performance through observation and analysis , then applying this knowledge to formulate a program specifically tailored to the individual’s needs. Previous research and documentation using the IM in sport, has focused primarily on a “one size fits all” type of program. Standard 12 exercise programs for any sport. During this presentation, I will take IM training a step further by changing and expanding existing IM exercises which can be created based on athlete sport observation and analysis. To personalize IM programs for athlete’s it is important to identify and analyse the physical, mental and environmental factors sporting athletes encounter, and then the applications involved to plan a sport specific IM creative program, that both simulates and challenges various athlete components discovered during the observation period. I will take you through a step by step example of how observation and analysis of a hockey goaltender, combined with creative brainstorming and adaption of IM exercises, produces a personalized, challenging, sport specific IM program for hockey goaltenders.