A brief mindfulness and yoga intervention with an entire NCAA Division I athletic team: An initial investigation

Author: Goodman, F.R.; Kashdan, T.B.; Mallard, T.T.; Schumann, M.

Description: Whereas traditional sports psychology interventions emphasize controlling or reducing distress, mindfulness-based interventions teach tolerance and acceptance of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In the present pilot study, an entire men’s Division I athletic team (n = 13) provided voluntary consent and participated in a brief mindfulness-based intervention. Over 5 weeks, the team attended eight 90-min group intervention sessions immediately followed by 1-hr Hatha yoga sessions. Completer analyses showed that following the intervention, participants reported greater mindfulness, greater goal-directed energy, and less perceived stress than before the intervention. Compared with a nonrandomized control group (student athletes from various club sports; n = 13), intervention participants reported greater goal-directed energy and mindfulness. We also explored written feedback from players to identify ways to improve the intervention. Implications for practitioners for improving mindfulness-based interventions are discussed.

Subject headings: Sports psychology; Distress; Feelings; Emotions; Mindfulness; Yoga

Publication year: 2014

Journal or book title: Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice

Volume: 1

Issue: 4

Pages: 339-356

Find the full text: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-32925-001?doi=1

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 2129