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It Pays to Pay Attention: A Mindfulness-Based Program for Injury Prevention With Soccer Players
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science. Halmstad Univ, Sweden.
Halmstad Univ, Sweden.
Halmstad Univ, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, ISSN 1041-3200, Vol. 27, no 3, 319-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine the extent to which a mindfulness-based program could reduce the number of sport injuries in a sample of soccer players. A total of 41 junior elite soccer players were randomly assigned to the treatment or the attentional control group. The treatment group took part in a 7-session program based on the mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment approach. The attentional control group was offered 7 sessions of sport psychology presentations with a particular focus on soccer. There were no statistically significant differences in injury rates between the two groups, U(39) = 149.50, z = -1.77, p =.077, but there was a medium effect size (adjusted Cohen's d = - 0.59), approx. 80% confidence interval for d [-0.37, -0.74]. Moreover, 67% of the players in the mindfulness group remained injury free in comparison to 40% in the control group. This result implies that an intervention program focusing on strategies for improving attention could decrease injury risk. Recommendations include applying mindfulness exercises in athletes' daily training to help lower injury risk.

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2015. Vol. 27, no 3, 319-334 p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46280DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2015.1008072ISI: 000355598700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46280DiVA: diva2:853625
Available from: 2015-09-14 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved

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