Mental träning på schemat

Hör tankens kraft hemma i skolan?

AimThe aim with this study was to acquire knowledge of mental training and if you can use it in the elementary school to increase in a short period of time the performance in a coordination test. Furthermore we wanted to investigate teachers understanding of the possibilities to perform this kind of training in the elementary school, and if there is support for this in the school regulation.MethodAs method we have used a combination of a literature pre-study, interview and at the end an experiment. Before the experiment and interviews could take place we studied literature about mental training to get a basic knowledge of the subject. The facts we learned from our pre-study and interviews gave us the base for our experiment. The experiment group included 23 pupils in a third class at school situated in Stockholm. The pupils were tested in a coordination test before and after different types of preparations. One group of pupils were prepared by mental training, one group by practising the test and one control group which didn?t get any preparation at all other than ordinary physical education. Two physical education teachers and one regular school teacher in Stockholm, Sweden were interviewed. Furthermore one interview was made with a psychiatrist, also situated in Stockholm.Results and conclusionsOur results show that a lack of motivation and concentration often leads to a bad performance. All people have a basic tension naturally in the body to function normally. If the tension is increasing in the body there are a lot of negative effects occurring, for example poor concentration. Stress is one of the reasons to this increased elevation of tension in the body. Mental training can in an efficient way decrease the negative eccentricity in the body and increase the self-esteem in the individual. Our investigation has shown that a short time of mental training can increase the performance in a co-ordination test performed in the regular school. We are of the opinion that this kind of training is possible to involve in the regular school education if you look at what is written in the school regulations.


Linn Abrahamsson Per Dammström

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Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan, GIH/Institutionen för idrotts- och hälsovetenskap


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