Attitudes and Opinions of Female High School Athletes About Sports-Focused Mindfulness Training and Practices

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Douglas WorthenMiddlesex School

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James K. LuiselliClinical Solutions, Inc., and North East Educational and Developmental Support Center

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Female high school athletes playing volleyball and soccer (N = 32) responded to a social validity questionnaire that inquired about their experiences with a sportfocused mindfulness training program. On average, the student-athletes rated most highly the effects of mindfulness training on emotional awareness and attention focusing, the contribution of mindfulness toward team play, the benefit of having coaches learn mindfulness skills, and the application of mindfulness to other sports. There were dissimilar ratings between the volleyball and soccer student-athletes concerning use of mindfulness when preparing for and during games. Most of the formal mindfulness practices taught during the training program were rated as being helpful to very helpful. We discuss factors influencing these findings and implications for mindfulness–sport performance research.

Douglas Worthen is with Middlesex School. James K. Luiselli is with Clinical Solutions, Inc., and the North East Educational and Developmental Support Center, Tewksbury, MA.

Address author correspondence to James Luiselli at jluiselli@needsctr.org.
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