Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Kinesiology and Health Science
Mindfulness-based programs are becoming commonly considered for the improvement of athlete's mental and physical state. However, their usage in improving performance in impaired athletes is limited and not fully understood. The purpose of this thesis was to review the standing literature on the topic of the application of mindfulness to improving athletic performance in wellbeing-impaired athletes. Seventy-three articles were included as references for this paper describing functional mechanisms, clinical significance and anecdotal evidence that points to the effectiveness of mindfulness in sport for the treatment of pain, injury recovery, prevention of injury, and chronic illness. Ultimately, this review supports the use of mindfulness in traditional sports performance contexts as well as its clinical application to aid recovery in unhealthy or performance-impaired athletes.
Campbell, Mackenzie L., "Mindfulness-Based Practices for the Impaired Performance Athlete" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1582.
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