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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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LARQUIN-CASTILLO, MILDRETH; GONZALEZ-PADRON, ÁNGELA  and  RODRIGUEZ-MARTIN, BORIS C. Placebo Interventions to Enhance Sports Performance: Revisiting an Issue. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.85-97. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v24n1.40397.

Psychological interventions aimed at enhancing the performance of athletes have become increasingly popular. This article reviews the use of placebo interventions to enhance sports performance and finds that the context of application, the athlete's personality traits, and the intervention ritual are usually the most relevant factors to consider. The article proposes that, despite their limitations, placebo interventions are effective alternatives that can be applied in different ways. The use of both conscious and unconscious means to activate the placebo effect takes the form of verbal suggestion and priming.

Keywords : placebo effect; sport psychology; priming; suggestion.

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