Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport

Document Type



BACKGROUND: Guided motor imagery and cross education are two concepts that build upon motor programs. Guided motor imagery consists of imagining a specific action, thereby activating the respective motor program without an actual movement. Cross education incorporates contralateral training to activate the motor program of an action to the resting limb. These techniques yield neurological actions that can lead to improved performance outcomes when integrated into physical therapy programs. PURPOSE: This literature review investigated guided motor imagery and cross education within the scientific literature, identified and summarized evident themes and provided suggestions for incorporating these methods into rehabilitation programs. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted of peer-reviewed articles on guided motor imagery and cross education and their relation to rehabilitation. DISCUSSION: Despite the paucity of research, evidence exists for the effectiveness of these methods and provides insights regarding how these techniques may be successfully integrated into physical therapy regimens. A summary of evidence and suggestions are provided for physical therapists.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Scott Arnett


Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy