Mindful Recovery: A Case Study of a Burned-Out Elite Shooter

in The Sport Psychologist

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John JouperÖrebro University

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Research on how to recover from athlete burnout is scarce. The current aim is therefore to describe an intervention with an elite shooter suffering from burnout, and the use of mindfulness and Qigong to reestablish sport functioning as well as general well-being. The participant used mindfulness and Qigong exercise on a daily basis. Exercise frequency, exercise time, concentration level and Qigong state were noted daily, and levels of stress, energy and primordial force were self-rated weekly for 20 weeks, and followed up after 30, 40 and 50 weeks. The participant recovered from burnout to a state of general well-being (energy and primordial force changed from weak to strong), and her ability to stay concentrated in a Qigong state changed from weak to strong. Her capacity to shoot high scores was reestablished, even if her shooting endurance was not fully recovered. Mindfulness and Qigong techniques may be useful in the prevention of and recovery from athlete burnout.

Jouper is with the Dept. of Sport Science, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. Gustafsson is with the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, and Swedish Winter Sports Centre, Mid Sweden University Östersund, Sweden, and Karlstad University, Östersund, Sweden.

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