The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance.
Degree: MS, School of Health & Human Performance, 2013, Dalhousie University
Research has shown the combination of strength
training and motor imagery can increase isometric force production.
This study explored the impact of motor imagery on dynamic strength
using a 3RM bench press and back squat. Participants were
randomized into either the treatment or placebo condition and
engaged in an11 week training program (motor imagery: n=8;
motivational music: n=7). Results for both the upper and lower body
strength showed a significant overall main effect for time from
baseline to post-test measure (upper body: motor imagery: M= 43.5
kg, SD= 18.65 kg to M= 60.7 kg, SD= 24.0 kg; placebo: M= 45.0 kg,
SD= 15.54 kg to M=55.0 kg, SD=17.9 kg; p=.000) (lower body: motor
imagery: M= 82.9 kg, SD= 29.72 kg to M=110.0 kg, SD= 23.4 kg;
placebo: M= 84.6 kg, SD= 20.29 kg to M=119.3 kg, SD= 24.6 kg;
p=.000). The upper body strength displayed a significant
interaction effect (p=.001) between program type and time, lower
body strength had an insignificant interaction effect (p=.162,
?p2=.162). Finally, there was no between group significant
difference for overall main of upper (p=.870, ?p2=.002) and lower
body (p=.818, ?p2=.004) strength. These results suggest that motor
imagery may have an impact on the development of strength over an
11 week training program. However, further understanding of imagery
use and how it impacts strength is needed.
Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Barbi Law (external-examiner), Dr. Lynne Robinson (graduate-coordinator), Dr. Derek Kimmerly (thesis-reader), Dr. Darren Kruisselbrink (thesis-reader), Dr. Melanie Keats, Dr. Carolyn Savoy (thesis-supervisor), Received (ethics-approval), Not Applicable (manuscripts), Not Applicable (copyright-release).
Subjects/Keywords: Motor Imagery; Strength Training
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APA (6th Edition):
Adams, J. (2013). The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance. (Masters Thesis). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36315
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Adams, Jesse. “The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance.” 2013. Masters Thesis, Dalhousie University. Accessed July 23, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Adams, Jesse. “The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance.” 2013. Web. 23 Jul 2019.
Adams J. The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2013. [cited 2019 Jul 23].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36315.
Council of Science Editors:
Adams J. The effects of Motor Imagery on Strength Performance. [Masters Thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36315