IM® training facilitates the athlete’s ability to:
— focus, tune out internal/external distractions & stay in the “zone”
— control emotions
— control impulses
— integrate the distinct technical aspects of sport into seamless, automatic execution without “trying”.
When an athlete first learns an action, skill acquisition is a labored, conscious effort that requires use of most if not all of his cognitive resources. He has to think of every small detail. With frequent practice, the behavior becomes more automatic and unconscious). Once automaticity is achieved, minimal attentional resources must then be devoted to the task, resulting in faster processing and more efficient performance.
“The precise, real-time IM millisecond feedback impacts the temporal processing resolution of the internal brain clock, which in turn improves neural efficiency—and thus, more efficient temporal and information processing in the brain.”
“IM’s effect on cognitive & motor skills [and ability to achieve automaticity that generalizes to sports performance] appears to be the result of increased efficiency and synchronization of communication between the primary brain structures that comprise the functional brain networks involved in performing both the cognitive and motor demands of IM training.”