Spittle on darts

Dr. Michael Spittle, Senior Lecturer in Motor Learning in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakins University in Geelong, Australia, has a new study involving darts:

Amount of mental practice and performance of a simple motor task,” Kremer P, Spittle M, McNeil D, Shinners C., Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2009 Oct;109(2):347-56. The authors report:

“Participants, 209 students ages 18 to 44 years , completed a pre- and posttest of dart throwing with the nonpreferred hand… The findings… suggest that small amounts of mental practice may be sufficient for performance improvements, at least for a simple motor skill.”

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