December 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #111: Keep Your Eye On the Black Box: Intro to Visualization

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Visualization is an important element of jumping events. The athletes must be able to tune out distractions and crowd noise and almost think themselves over the bar. A visualization technique for beginners that has been used by some high jumpers and other track and field athletes is to stare at a piece of paper with a black box in the center for about 2 minutes. Then look away from the paper at a blank wall and you should see the reverse; a white box on a dark background. The purpose of this drill is to learn to focus your attention. Future tips on this site will address more advance visualization drills.

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