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Acceptance and Commitment Training to Promote Psychological Flexibility in Ice Hockey Performance: A Controlled Group Feasibility Study

Tobias Lundgren, Gustaf Reinebo, Markus Näslund, and Thomas Parling

Due to advances in behavioral research during the last decades, the “third wave” or “third generation” of cognitive and behavioral therapies emerged in clinical psychology. The third wave puts emphasis on acceptance, mindfulness, attention and values as possible processes of behavioral change

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The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Physical Activity Maintenance

Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends” ( Hayes, Luoma, Bond, Masuda, & Lillis, 2006 , p. 7). It is a multifaceted construct, consisting of six processes: contact with the present moment, acceptance, cognitive defusion, self-as-context, value clarification, and

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Role Commitment and Acceptance in a Sport Context

Mark Eys, Mark R. Beauchamp, Michael Godfrey, Kim Dawson, Todd M. Loughead, and Robert J. Schinke

anecdotal (e.g.,  Young, 2017 ) and academic sources (e.g.,  Biddle, 1979 ; Carron & Eys, 2012 ; Stevens, 2002 ) support the potential importance of role acceptance. The introductory quote from National Basketball Association player Carmelo Anthony is a notable example of a player reflecting on, and

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Pain Acceptance Among Retired National Football League Athletes: Implications for Clinical Intervention

Zachary L. Mannes, Erin G. Ferguson, Nicole Ennis, Deborah S. Hasin, and Linda B. Cottler

, pain acceptance is a strong correlate of pain severity and is particularly amenable to clinical intervention ( Hughes et al., 2017 ). Pain acceptance, that is, a willingness to experience pain and participation in value-consistent behaviors despite ongoing pain, is an important cognitive experience

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Examining the Relationships Among Cognitive Acceptance, Behavioral Commitment, Autonomous Extrinsic Motivation, and Physical Activity

Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

crucial in efforts to promote PA within the wider population ( Biddle & Nigg, 2000 ). Evidence also points to the processes of acceptance and commitment (derived from the larger construct of psychological flexibility), as being supports for long-term PA, which some researchers have ascribed to the

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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Develop Self-Confidence in a Neurodivergent Athlete

Samuel Wood and Martin J. Turner

). Higgins’s theory aligns with some fundamental aspects of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. ACT differs from second-wave CBT approaches (e.g., cognitive therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy), which seek to develop strategies to

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The Case of Jenny: A Freshman Collegiate Athlete Experiencing Performance Dysfunction

Jessica M. Lutkenhouse

The present case study illustrates the treatment of a 19-year-old female lacrosse player, classified as experiencing Performance Dysfunction (Pdy) by the Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP). The self-referred collegiate athlete was treated using the manualized Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) protocol (Gardner & Moore, 2004a, 2007). The intervention consisted of eight individual sessions and several follow-up contacts via e-mail. The majority of the sessions addressed clinically related and sport-related concerns, including difficulties in emotion regulation and problematic interpersonal relationships. Based on self-report, coach report, and one outcome assessment measure, the psychological intervention resulted in enhanced overall behavioral functioning and enhanced athletic performance. This case study suggests that following careful case formulation based on appropriate assessment and interview data, the MAC intervention successfully targeted the clearly defined psychological processes underlying the athlete’s performance concerns and personal obstacles, thus resulting in enhanced well-being and athletic performance improvements.

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The Effects of Consumer Innovativeness on Sport Team Applications Acceptance and Usage

Yongjae Kim, Soojin Kim, and Elizabeth Rogol

the daily lives of today’s consumers. In particular, smartphones have received global acceptance, which is expected to reach 2.16 billion users and estimated to reach 198.5 million by 2016 in the United States ( Statista, 2015 ). More than two thirds of Americans own a smartphone ( Smith, 2015 ) and

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Mindfulness and Acceptance Approaches in Sport Performance

Marjorie Bernier, Emilie Thienot, Romain Codron, and Jean F. Fournier

The two studies included herein discuss mindfulness and acceptance in sport performance. Based on exploratory interviews with elite swimmers, Study 1 showed that optimal performance, or “flow,” states reveal similar characteristics to mindfulness and acceptance states. In flow experiences, the elite swimmers described that they had been particularly mindful of their bodily sensations and accepted them. In Study 2, mindfulness and acceptance were integrated into a psychological skills training program for seven young elite golfers. The program, based on mindfulness and acceptance, contributed to performance enhancement in competition. Participants improved the efficacy of their routines by seeking more relevant internal and external information. The results of both studies corroborated those of previous studies dealing with mindfulness and acceptance in sport. Together, these studies enhance the applicability and efficacy of these approaches with athletic clientele.

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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Unhelpful Thinking Toward Body Image With an Elite Figure Skater

Samuel Wood and David Fletcher

acceptance and commitment therapy [ACT]) that combine a cognitive and behavioral approach ( Knapp & Beck, 2008 ). Cognitive-behavioral therapy practitioners are concerned with the interplay between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiology, employing strategies that challenge or control unhelpful