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A Preliminary Exploration of the Application of Self-Compassion Within the Context of Sport Injury

Zenzi Huysmans and Damien Clement

Self-compassion draws upon philosophies of a healthy self-attitude and new ways to understand well-being ( Neff, 2003 ). It involves understanding, kindness, and openness to one’s own suffering within a framework of nonjudgment and mindfulness. Self-compassion is composed of three distinct concepts

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Exploring Self-Compassion and Eudaimonic Well-Being in Young Women Athletes

Leah J. Ferguson, Kent C. Kowalski, Diane E. Mack, and Catherine M. Sabiston

Using a mixed methods research design, we explored self-compassion and eudaimonic well-being in young women athletes. In a quantitative study (n = 83), we found that self-compassion and eudaimonic well-being were positively related (r = .76, p < .01). A model of multiple mediation was proposed, with self-compassion, passivity, responsibility, initiative, and self-determination accounting for 83% of the variance in eudaimonic well-being. In a qualitative study (n = 11), we explored when and how self-compassion might be useful in striving to reach one’s potential in sport. Self-compassion was described as advantageous in difficult sport-specific situations by increasing positivity, perseverance, and responsibility, as well as decreasing rumination. Apprehensions about fully embracing a self-compassionate mindset in sport warrant additional research to explore the seemingly paradoxical role of self-compassion in eudaimonic well-being.

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Self-Compassion in the Stress Process in Women Athletes

Amber D. Mosewich, Catherine M. Sabiston, Kent C. Kowalski, Patrick Gaudreau, and Peter R.E. Crocker

their athletic goals and psychological well-being. Self-compassion has been related to positive psychological functioning and emotional well-being in women involved in sport ( Ferguson, Kowalski, Mack, & Sabiston, 2014 ; Mosewich, Crocker, Kowalski, & DeLongis, 2013 ; Mosewich, Kowalski, Sabiston

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Exploring Self-Compassion and Versions of Masculinity in Men Athletes

Nathan A. Reis, Kent C. Kowalski, Amber D. Mosewich, and Leah J. Ferguson

experience and minimize attrition rates. One construct that has been associated with easing sport-specific setbacks and challenges is self-compassion, which is a warm and accepting way of treating oneself in the face of difficult experiences ( Neff, 2003a , 2003b ). Comprised of self-kindness, common

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Self-Compassion and Reactions to a Recalled Exercise Lapse: The Moderating Role of Gender-Role Schemas

Alana Signore, Brittany N. Semenchuk, and Shaelyn M. Strachan

identify factors that help people cope effectively with exercise lapses, they should have a better chance of getting back on track with their behavior rather than experiencing a complete cessation. Self-Compassion Self-compassion, an orientation to care for oneself during difficult times ( Neff, 2003a

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Self-Compassion and the Self-Regulation of Exercise: Reactions to Recalled Exercise Setbacks

Brittany N. Semenchuk, Shaelyn M. Strachan, and Michelle Fortier

-adherence researchers and practitioners are interested in variables that can improve self-regulation. Self-Compassion Researchers argue that an individual’s capacity to self-regulate health behaviors is influenced by one’s level of self-compassion ( Terry & Leary, 2011 ). Self-compassion is the ability to be kind to

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Exploring the Relationship Between Mental Toughness and Self-Compassion in the Context of Sport Injury

Karissa L. Johnson, Danielle L. Cormier, Kent C. Kowalski, and Amber D. Mosewich

prescribe that athletes must “play through pain and injury.” 3 Thus, mental toughness might not always be in the best interests of injured athletes since some might believe that being mentally tough equates with self-sacrifice. 8 Self-compassion —a balanced, nonjudgmental approach to relating to oneself

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Adjusting Identities When Times Change: The Role of Self-Compassion

Sasha M. Kullman, Brittany N. Semenchuk, Benjamin J.I. Schellenberg, Laura Ceccarelli, and Shaelyn M. Strachan

there is a research gap regarding identity change ( Burke & Stets, 2009 ). This research pursuit is practical for the promotion of exercise that supports well-being among women with young children, a population that exercises less than other populations ( Bellows-Riecken & Rhodes, 2008 ). Self-compassion

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Athletes’ Coping With the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Self-Compassion and Cognitive Appraisal

Brittney B. Aceron, Kathleen S. Wilson, Matt D. Hoffmann, and Lenny Wiersma

significant ( Pété et al., 2021 ). These results suggest that athletes used a variety of coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic with some strategies being more successful than others. To help cope with stress, individuals may look to self-compassion, which is a promising construct, as it has been

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The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion on the Relationship Between Goal Orientation and Sport-Confidence

Arash Assar, Robert Weinberg, Rose Marie Ward, and Robin S. Vealey

subsequent confidence levels seems worthwhile. Self-compassion reflects a positive and stable sense of self-worth independent of external outcomes (e.g., wins and losses) and social comparisons ( Neff & Vonk, 2009 ). Indeed, previous sport research has indicated that excessive self-comparison tendencies