studies, Aherne, Moran, and Lonsdale ( 2011 ) found significant increases in flow with a home practice mindfulness intervention for university athletes compared to waiting-list controls. Another intervention that is primarily based on an MBSR tradition is mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE
Carol R. Glass, Claire A. Spears, Rokas Perskaudas, and Keith A. Kaufman
Erin G. Mistretta, Carol R. Glass, Claire A. Spears, Rokas Perskaudas, Keith A. Kaufman, and Dennis Hoyer
Although mindfulness training for athletes is an area of increasing interest, few studies have focused on the qualitative experiences of athletes in such programs. Before beginning six sessions of mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE) training, 45 mixed-sport collegiate athletes reported what they hoped and expected to get from the training, and responded afterward to open-ended questions about their experiences. Participants’ responses were coded for themes, with high interrater reliability. Athletes initially hoped to gain psychological benefits in both sport and everyday life, such as relaxation and less stress or anxiety, better emotion regulation, mental toughness, and self-awareness, as well as sport performance improvement. Overall, they found MSPE to be a positive experience and reported many of the same benefits that they expected. Participants also provided constructive feedback and recommendations for future MSPE training. Finally, there was evidence to suggest that athletes’ expectations predicted similar improvements in outcome measures.
Lillian A. De Petrillo, Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, and Diane B. Arnkoff
The present study sought to determine the effects of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) on runners. Participants were 25 recreational long-distance runners openly assigned to either the 4-week intervention or to a waiting-list control group, which later received the same program. Results indicate that the MSPE group showed significantly more improvement in organizational demands (an aspect of perfectionism) compared with controls. Analyses of pre- to postworkshop change found a significant increase in state mindfulness and trait awareness and decreases in sport-related worries, personal standards perfectionism, and parental criticism. No improvements in actual running performance were found. Regression analyses revealed that higher ratings of expectations and credibility of the workshop were associated with lower postworkshop perfectionism, more years running predicted higher ratings of perfectionism, and more life stressors predicted lower levels of worry. Findings suggest that MSPE may be a useful mental training intervention for improving mindfulness, sport-anxiety related worry, and aspects of perfectionism in long-distance runners.
Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, and Diane B. Arnkoff
The construct of mindfulness appears to be compatible with theories of flow and peak performance in sport. The present study assessed how Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE), a new 4-week program, affected flow states, performance, and psychological characteristics of 11 archers and 21 golfers from the community. Participants completed trait measures of anxiety, perfectionism, thought disruption, confidence, mindfulness, and flow. They additionally provided data on their performances and state levels of mindfulness and flow. Analyses revealed that some significant changes in dimensions of the trait variables occurred during the training. Levels of state flow attained by the athletes also increased between the first and final sessions. The findings suggest that MSPE is a promising intervention to enhance flow, mindfulness, and aspects of sport confidence. An expanded workshop to allot more time for mindfulness practice is recommended for future studies.
Rachel W. Thompson, Keith A. Kaufman, Lilian A. De Petrillo, Carol R. Glass, and Diane B. Arnkoff
The purpose of the present investigation was to evaluate the long-term effects of mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE), a program designed to improve athletic performance and psychological aspects of sport. One-year follow-up assessments were conducted on archers, golfers, and long-distance runners (N = 25) who attended Kaufman, Glass, and Arnkoff’s (2009) and De Petrillo, Kaufman, Glass, and Arnkoff’s (2009) MSPE workshops. Across the athlete groups, participants reported significant increases in the ability to act with awareness (an aspect of trait mindfulness) and overall trait mindfulness from pretest to follow-up, along with significant decreases in task-related worries and task-irrelevant thoughts (both aspects of cognitive interference during sport). The long-distance runners exhibited significant improvement in their mile times from pretest to follow-up, with significant correlations between change in runners’ performance and trait variables. Results suggest that MSPE is a promising intervention associated with long-term changes in trait variables that may contribute to optimal athletic performance.
Jason Kostrna and Aaron D’Addario
-based trainings to the cognitive foundation of mental skills training ( Baltzell & Summers, 2017 ). To support this trend, researchers have developed accessible and adaptable sport performance mindfulness training protocols, such as the mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE; Kaufman et al., 2018 ). The
Linda Corbally, Mick Wilkinson, and Melissa A. Fothergill
-based intervention programs: the Mindfulness-Acceptance and Commitment approach (MAC; Gardner & Moore, 2004 ) and the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) Program ( Kaufman, Glass, & Arnkoff, 2009 ). Both are group interventions comprising multiple sessions over several weeks. There has been some recent
Susumu Iwasaki, Mary D. Fry, and Candace M. Hogue
). Evaluation of mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE): A new approach to promote flow in athletes . Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 3 ( 4 ), 334 – 356 . doi:10.1123/jcsp.3.4.334 10.1123/jcsp.3.4.334 Larson , R.W. , Hansen , D.M. , & Moneta , G. ( 2006 ). Differing profiles of
Tobias Lundgren, Gustaf Reinebo, Markus Näslund, and Thomas Parling
. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 18 ( 3 ), 254 – 270 . doi:10.1080/10413200600830323 10.1080/10413200600830323 Thompson , R.W. , Kaufman , K.A. , De Petrillo , L.A. , Glass , C.R. , & Arnkoff , D.B. ( 2011 ). One year follow-up of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) with archers
Kendahl M. Shortway, Andrew Wolanin, Jennifer Block-Lerner, and Donald Marks
popular in sport psychology ( Bernier, Thienot, Codron, & Fournier, 2009 ; Birrer, Röthlin, & Morgan, 2012 ; Gardner & Moore, 2012 ; Kee & Wang, 2008 ). Examples of such interventions include: mindfulness-acceptance-commitment (MAC; Gardner & Moore, 2004 ), mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE