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Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal (VMBR)

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Kylie Millsaps

on 31 March 2014

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Transcript of Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal (VMBR)

Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal (VMBR)
Overall Aspiration
To train the client to be in anxiety-related settings but with the achievement of a relaxed, rather than an anxiety, state.
To identify errors in motor performance and to modify them with visualization practice and correction (Lane 1977)

For who? Anyone who needs aid in:
Injury rehabilitation, confidence enhancement, attention focus control
(This could be specific areas like sport, work, and school, or just in general)

Useful Resources
Visual Aids
- Photos & videos
Help to:
notice where there is error/faulty movement
what the correct standard is
understand how one can achieve "perfection" in the required performance
feel relaxed and confident about one's ability

Relaxation Exercises
- Rhythmic/Controlled breathing
- Progressive (muscle) relaxation
Basic Steps of VMBR
1. Case history
2. Psychological assessments
3. Relaxation training
4. Visual presentation of correct skill
5. Checking of relevant performance related knowledge base
6. Visual presentation of erroneous performance/skill
7. Checking information concerning performance error
8. Repeat correct presentation
9. Development of imagery (creation of mental picture from errors to correct behavior)
10. Visualization of images
11. Practice images with relaxation until development of mastery
VMBR technique was designed by Richard Suinn (PhD Psychologist) in 1976
Two important components:
1. Relaxation exercise – to enhance clarity of mental image and reduce distraction; to connect mind-to-body and relieve muscle tension

2. Imagery training – to practice visualizing successful performance and prepare (mentally) for errors that increase anxiety/stress

Gill, Williams: Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Eercise 3rd Ed.

Kylie Millsaps

Helps to reduce anxiety (stress) and improve self-concept
General Statistics
VMBR is mutimodal - combines cognition and relaxation
Suinn, 1993 & Ungerleider, 1996
Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal is mainly practiced with athletes who get anxious before or during performance which can greatly hinder their skill.
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