Review articlesUse of movement imagery in neurorehabilitation: researching effects of a complex interventionBraun, Susy M.a,b; Wade, Derick T.c; Beurskens, Anna J.H.M.bAuthor Information aResearch School CAPHRI, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands bZuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, The Netherlands cOxford Center for Enablement, Oxford, UK Correspondence to Susy M. Braun, PhD, Research Center for Autonomy and Participation of People With a Chronic Disease, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands Tel: +31 45 4006366; fax: +31 45 4006369; e-mail: [email protected] Received April 19, 2011 Accepted May 11, 2011 International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: September 2011 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 203-208 doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e328348b184 Buy Metrics Abstract Since the beginning of the new millennium, the use of mental practice and movement imagery within several medical professions in rehabilitation and therapy has received an increased attention. Before this introduction in healthcare, the use of movement imagery was mainly researched in sports science. Mental practice is a complex intervention. When a complex intervention is applied in a new target group or population, the intervention is most likely needed to be adjusted, developed, and evaluated. Recently, a dissertation has been published in which the researchers describe their efforts to transfer the use of movement imagery in sports to rehabilitation. This study reports two aspects from this research project: (a) What did the researcher do? (b) What do the results mean for future research? First, however, some background information is given, in which the use of movement imagery in athletes is discussed. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.