When I was a senior in high school I would use imagery to prepare for track and field events. I found it was beneficial to go through each part of the race to prepare. I would imagine myself getting set in my blocks, the official speaking and the gun going off, to then thinking of the turn through the straight away and across the finish line. During races I was having difficulty finishing, and I think imagery helped me to focus and finish the race.
Imagery is difficult for me sometimes, because my mind wonders so much. Sometimes it’s hard for me to just focus on one thought and put everything else aside. In the exercise of imagining making coffee, I felt like I could see it, hear, and smell, but I also felt like I was fighting myself a little on other things going on.
Imagery is definitely a skill that has to be worked on, but can be very beneficial for the elite athlete.