Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18914
Title: Effects of a Mindfulness Intervention on Sports-Anxiety, Pessimism, and Flow in Competitive Cyclists
Contributor(s): Scott-Hamilton, John  (author); Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; Brown, Rhonda  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12063Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18914
Abstract: Background: This study investigated whether mindfulness training increases athletes' mindfulness and flow experience and decreases sport-specific anxiety and sport-specific pessimism. Methods: Cyclists were assigned to an eight-week mindfulness intervention, which incorporated a mindful spin-bike training component, or a wait-list control condition. Participants completed baseline and post-test measures of mindfulness, flow, sport-anxiety, and sport-related pessimistic attributions. Results: Analyses of covariance showed significant positive effects on mindfulness, flow, and pessimism for the 27 cyclists in the mindfulness intervention condition compared with the 20 cyclists in the control condition. Changes in mindfulness experienced by the intervention participants were positively associated with changes in flow. Conclusions: Results suggest that mindfulness-based interventions tailored to specific athletic pursuits can be effective in facilitating flow experiences.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 8(1), p. 85-103
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: West Sussex, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1758-0854
1758-0846
Field of Research (FOR): 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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