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A Qualitative Study of the Mindfulness Meditation Training for Sport: Division I Female Soccer Players’ Experience

Amy Baltzell, Nicole Caraballo, Kristen Chipman, and Laura Hayden

This study explored how members of a Division I varsity women’s soccer team experienced a 6-week, 12 session mindfulness meditation training for sport (MMTS) program. The coaching staff and entire team participated in the MMTS program. Seven of the team members volunteered to be interviewed after their participation in the MMTS program. Thematic analysis was implemented. Most participants reported difficulty understanding the process of meditation at the start of the MMTS program. Post-MMTS, they reported an enhanced ability to accept and experience a different relationship with their emotions, both on and off the field. They also noted the importance of creating a phrase of care for self and team for cohesion purposes. Enhanced mindfulness, awareness, and acceptance of emotional experiences were attributed directly to the mindfulness training. Participants provided specific recommendations for future sport-focused mindfulness meditation programs.

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Differential Reduction of IP-10 and C-Reactive Protein via Aerobic Exercise or Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Training in a Large Randomized Controlled Trial

Jacob D. Meyer, Mary S. Hayney, Christopher L. Coe, Cameron L. Ninos, and Bruce P. Barrett

(e.g., CRP and IP-10), and the systemic levels of inflammatory proteins appear related to both physical and mental health ( Ridker, Hennekens, Buring, & Rifai, 2000 ; Sternberg, 1997 ). It is clear that the practice of meditation has substantive health benefits ( Eberth & Sedlmeier, 2012 ; Goyal et

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A Single Session of Mindfulness Meditation Expedites Immediate Motor Memory Consolidation to Improve Wakeful Offline Learning

James O. Brown, Alex Chatburn, David L. Wright, and Maarten A. Immink

meditation has been shown to support wakeful forms of motor memory consolidation ( Immink, 2016 ). While meditation is commonly thought of as a form of relaxation, empirical evidence has instead shown mindfulness meditation to be a goal-oriented cognitive task that emphasizes attention control ( Colzato et

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The Adaptation and Evaluation of a Pilot Mindfulness Intervention Promoting Mental Health in Student Athletes

Audrey G. Evers, Jessica A Somogie, Ian L. Wong, Jennifer D. Allen, and Adolfo G. Cuevas

. The program also requires roughly 45 min of home practice every day including body scan practices, sitting meditations, and mindful movement ( Miller, Fletcher, & Kabat-Zinn, 1995 ). MBSR has been found to significantly reduce levels of self-reported stress ( Hölzel et al., 2010 ) and symptoms of

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Feasibility and Preliminary Effectiveness of an Online Meditation Intervention in Young Adults With Concussion History

Christine E. Callahan, Kyla Z. Donnelly, Susan A. Gaylord, Keturah R. Faurot, J.D. DeFreese, Adam W. Kiefer, and Johna K. Register-Mihalik

states and surroundings) 9 is associated with decreased perceived stress 10 – 12 and improved quality of life, specifically overall mental health and physical functioning. 13 , 14 Mindfulness in the form of meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and yoga improves mental and physical

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Using a Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing Approach to Deliver a Team-Based Mindfulness Meditation Program to Enhance Cohesion

Piotr A. Piasecki, Todd M. Loughead, Kyle F. Paradis, and Krista J. Munroe-Chandler

enhanced closeness and connectedness, coupled with feelings of increased collective efficacy and invincibility ( Dunn & Holt, 2004 ). The PDMS approach was the means by which a team-based mindfulness meditation program was delivered in the current study. A team-based mindfulness meditation program was

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Feasibility of Mobile Application-Delivered Mindfulness Meditation for Individuals After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Shelby Baez, Francesca Genoese, Elaine Reiche, Matthew Harkey, Christopher Kuenze, Jason Moser, and Brian Pietrosimone

. Mobile application-delivered mindfulness meditation (Mobile MM) is a novel intervention that has the potential for overcoming the aforementioned barriers (e.g., lack of time and lack of confidence) identified by rehabilitation specialists for implementing a psychological intervention to decrease

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A Qualitative Exploration of Division I Tennis Players Completing the Mindfulness Meditation Training for Sport 2.0 Program

Trevor Cote, Amy Baltzell, and Robert Diehl

study was to gain an in-depth understanding of college athletes’ experience and their perceived impact of completing such an MBI in sport, Mindfulness Meditation Training for Sport 2.0 (MMTS 2.0). Most MBIs in sport are based, conceptually, on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s ( 1994 ) definition of mindfulness as

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The Effects of an Exploratory Mindfulness Intervention on Collegiate Performance

Maya Trajkovski and Aubrey Newland

Mindfulness Meditation Training in Sport (MMTS) with shorter session times (30 min) over 6 weeks using acceptance and self-compassion in practice. Similar to other mindfulness programs, research using MMTS shows increased mindfulness, self-compassion, and flow ( Baltzell et al., 2014 , 2015 ; DiBernardo

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The Buddha’s Extra Scoop: Neural Correlates of Mindfulness and Clinical Sport Psychology

Donald R. Marks

Recent studies using neuroimaging technologies offer evidence that ancient beliefs about the benefits (e.g., enhanced attention, increased distress tolerance) associated with mindfulness practice and other forms of meditation may be supported by identifiable neuroanatomical changes in the brain. Although it is too early to make probative statements regarding exactly how and why contemplative practices affect the structure and activity of the brain, sport psychologists may want to consider the potential implications of the findings that have begun to emerge from this neural correlates research. The goal of this article is to (a) review the findings from the principal studies of contemplative practice that have employed measures of neuronal activity (e.g., fMRI, EEG) and (b) examine the potential relevance of these studies to the treatment of psychological disorders among athletes and the enhancement of athletic performance.