Applied Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement in National Competitive Swimmers

Jennifer Meggs, Mark Chen

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Abstract

These case studies examined the effects of mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE) programs on competitive swimming performance, flow experience and emotional Regulation. Sixteen national competitive adolescent swimmers were randomly allocated into MSPE (n=9) and RT (relaxation training); (n=7) groups for eight weeks. In the second phase of the intervention, the sixteen participants were evenly split into a MSPE-S (MSPE for swimming) and a control group for five weeks. The participants completed measures of trait and state flow, mindfulness and swimming races pre and post intervention. The data analysis revealed that mindfulness had significant effects on both action-awareness merging and clear goals subscales. Further analysis revealed that the MSPE-S group significantly improved in terms of presence relative to the control group. In conclusion, general and sport-specific mindfulness interventions can psychologically benefit adolescent competitive swimmers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCase Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 May 2021

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