Brain Practice

One way to help improve your performance when practicing physical skills such as sport, music, etc is to visualise the skills taught. In other words “practice in your brain”.

Here’s a very good short TED Ed clip on ‘How To Practice Effectively … for just about anything‘ by Annie Bosler and Don Greene.

They suggest that ‘once a physical motion has been established, it can be reinforced just by imagining it’.

Other key points they make include:

  • Focus on the task at hand
  • Minimise distractions
  • Start out slowly or in slow motion
  • Frequent repetitions with lots of breaks

It’s something I do on a regular basis when I’m practicing various aspects of Tai Chi.

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