The article is devoted to the approbation of ‘Guided Imagery’ techniques (katathym-imaginative psychotherapy) in athletes’ anxiety correction in psychological provision of athletic activity. The necessity of such a research is derived from the fact that athlete’s trait anxiety characterizes a strong propensity to perceive a wide range of situations as threatening, reacting on such situations with anxious state. State anxiety is characterized by tension, restlessness, and nervousness. High level of state anxiety triggers difficulty concentrating, sometimes with fine motor coordination disruption. Very high level of trait anxiety directly correlates with the presence of neurotic conflict, with emotional and neurotic collapses, and with psychosomatic disorders, that, in turns, can lead to lowering the athlete’s performance, or, even, can lead to the athlete’s career termination.
The article reveals the meaning of the notion of anxiety in sports activity, the need for corrective work for high level trait and state anxiety was analyzed. Chosen psychotherapeutic approach for corrective work was substantiated. The individual psycho-corrective work viability with young martial arts practitioners was analyzed. The positive changes were noticed in emotional reactions of research subjects that gives a green light in using the guided imagery techniques in psychological support of an athlete in his/her achievements.
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