Saturday December 7, 2019

Kinaesthetic Ability May Improve a Person’s Golf Game

Mental practice improves golfers' performance, says study

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A form of mental practice may enhance the golf putting ability. Pixabay

Researchers have found that kinaesthetic ability — which is an individual’s ability to feel an action without actually performing it, may improve their golf game.

“Our results indicate that a form of mental practice, i.e, the combination of action observation and motor imagery, may enhance the golf putting ability of experienced golfers,” said researcher Niall Ramsbottom from University of Limerick in Ireland.

Putting ability is crucial in golf as approximately 40 per cent of golf strokes are taken with the putter.

The research, published in the journal Psychology of Sports and Exercise, shows that golfers who already had a good ‘feel” for putting, may benefit the most from this mental practice.

In undertaking the research, 44 right-handed, skilled male golfers from the Limerick were recruited.

In a laboratory environment, the golfers completed 40 putts with instructions to ‘make the ball stop as close to the target as possible’.

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Putting kinaesthetic ability is crucial in golf. Pixabay

A three-dimensional ultrasound camera was used to record the putting and statistical analysis was conducted, using specialised software.

A subset of golfers looked at an action observation video which consisted of an expert golfer performing the putting task in the same lab environment.

They did so while listening to a motor imagery script consisting of short sentences describing key visual and kinaesthetic feelings associated with performing the putting the task.

“Having completed these simple exercises, the golfers who were found to have better kinaesthetic imagery (KI) ability benefited more from the mental practice intervention than those with poorer KI ability,” explained Ramsbottom.

“We found, kinaesthetic imagery ability – an individual’s ability to imagine the feel of an action without actually performing it – may have an important role in determining the effectiveness of the exercise on putting performance,” Ramsbottom added.

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Putting is a feel-based motor skill and the research suggests that those with good kinaesthetic imagery ability may perform better following this mental practice technique.

“The findings suggest that simply viewing a video of another performing an action may bolster one’s ability to imagine and subsequently perform that action,” he said. (IANS)

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder During Teenage Can Lead to Harmful Drinking Habits

Using questionnaire and clinical interview data from more than 2,000 participants, researchers found generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 was linked to frequent drinking

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Research has shown that links between mental health problems, such as Anxiety disorders, and alcohol are common and complex. Pixabay

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised Anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later.

The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence strengthens the evidence for a relationship between anxiety and later alcohol use as the researchers accounted for other factors such as adolescent smoking and cannabis use, and parental anxiety and alcohol use.

“Helping adolescents to develop positive strategies for coping with anxiety, instead of drinking alcohol, may reduce the risk of future harmful drinking. However, we cannot determine if the relationship is causal, because we used an observational study design,” said Maddy Dyer.

Using questionnaire and clinical interview data from more than 2,000 participants, researchers found generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 was linked to frequent drinking, frequent bingeing, hazardous drinking, and harmful drinking at age 18.

Generalised anxiety disorder continued to be associated with harmful drinking at age 21.

Drinking to cope was also strongly associated with more harmful drinking, but it did not appear to influence associations between anxiety and alcohol use.

Harmful drinking was measured using a special test developed by the World Health Association.

On average, adolescents with anxiety drank at more harmful levels regardless of whether they tended to drink alcohol for coping reasons or not.

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Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised Anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later. Pixabay

“Our own research has shown that links between mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, and alcohol are common and complex,” said Mark Leyshon, Senior Policy and Research Manager at Alcohol Change UK.

For example, anxiety can be both a result of stopping drinking and a risk factor in beginning to drink too much, as this new study suggests.

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“We need more research to help us better understand the connections between alcohol and mental health, as well as high-quality, accessible, integrated support for substance misuse and mental health issues,” Leyshon added. (IANS)