Taking aim: Using autoethnography to explore the role of imagery in managing target panic in compound archery

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University of New Brunswick


Target panic is a common issue in archery, negatively impacting performance. This autoethnographic study explored imagery's role in managing target panic in compound archery, addressing a gap in predominantly quantitative research. Autoethnography provides nuanced insights into imagery's use as a coping mechanism, valuable for athletes, coaches, and sports psychologists. The study centers on the researcher's experiences in compound archery and with imagery, gathering data through personal reflections and coding for analysis. Current target panic research lacks a comprehensive view, particularly in compound archery's context. This study fills this gap, uncovering the link between target panic, overthinking, and performance blocks. It also highlights cultural and personal factors influencing imagery's effectiveness in managing target panic in competitive compound archery. In conclusion, this research offers insights into imagery's role in addressing target panic in compound archery. It recommends integrating guided imagery techniques into training and practice routines, emphasizing the need for personalized approaches to cater to individual archers' needs.