How Athletes and Trainers Practice Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness Advantage Training For Athletes

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Benefits of Meditation for Athletes

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Lesson 1 Mindfulness Basics

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Mindfulness Meditation for Athletes

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Sport psychology inside the mind of champion athletes: Martin Hagger at TEDxPerth

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Mindfulness, alongside great movement prep, is essential to all my workouts as one must align the mind and body for positivity. For a kick-ass day, I stoke the fire of excellence by framing my mindset around gratitude. For example, this morning, as gratitude for my family’s safety, I dedicated my workout to the victims of the recent hurricanes. Mindfulness and meditation is a secret weapon that a myriad of highly successful athletes use. For example, Google “Michael Jordan” or “Kobe Bryant” and “meditation,” and see what pops up.

Did you know that studies show we take between 17,000 and 30,000 breaths per day and, on average, have between 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day?Footballers are less likely to sustain injuries if they practice mindfulness, according to a new study. Mindfulness allows players to focus more during games, helping them adapt to. Mindfulness is an effective technique to raise an athlete’s level of motivation. Obviously, this will be vital to obtain optimal performance.

It’s also vital for each individual’s level of activation. The more focused and active an athlete is, the more effective he’ll be in his task. Mindfulness involves a deliberate present-moment awareness that is intentionally focused and held non-judgmentally. In the context of athletic performance, mindfulness training provides the athlete with specific meditation-based practices to increase their ability to enter into what has been called “the zone.”.

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” 1. Professional athletes are using mindfulness to improve their on-field performance. Championship teams like the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Seahawks embrace mindfulness training. 2, 3, 4. This practice of meditation and mindfulness is not just for NBA players or professional athletes.

Amateur athletes can benefit tremendously from this practice, and eliminate all. “With practice, mindfulness provides a clarity of your own thoughts and a training ground to be able to guide your mind, as well as access incredible, truthful insights.” “It’s so vital for a team. According to the two athletes, they regularly practiced yoga, meditation and visualization to help them go for the gold.

The Seattle SeahawksWhen the Seattle Seahawks won the 2014 Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll informed the world that meditation was actually one of the tools that got them there. The mindfulness training was based on shorter-format mindfulness-based stress reduction program, and “contextualized to fit the demands and culture of the university football program,” the researchers noted, such as distractions during performance and emotional over-reaction.

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The other mindfulness exercises are supplementary, and athletes are encouraged to use them in daily training.

“Mindfulness and Performance” by Amy L. Baltzell
from Mindfulness and Performance
by Amy L. Baltzell
Cambridge University Press, 2016

While coaches and athletes have been practicing mindfulness in the locker room and on the court for years, only recently have they publicly embraced meditation.

“Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out” by David Gelles
from Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out
by David Gelles
HMH Books, 2015

They coupled this training with a few weeks of incorporating mindfulness practice during everyday activities such as walking the dog and washing the dishes.

“The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening” by David Rakel
from The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening
by David Rakel
W. W. Norton, 2018

With 22 athletes in the mindfulness training group, and 24 athletes in the PST group, results indicated that the participants in the mindfulness training group experienced significant improvements in trait mindfulness, as compared to control participants.

“Handbook of Sport Psychology” by Gershon Tenenbaum, Robert C. Eklund
from Handbook of Sport Psychology
by Gershon Tenenbaum, Robert C. Eklund
Wiley, 2020

One example is to provide the athlete with audio-recorded mindfulness scripts.

“Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” by Camilla J. Knight, Chris G. Harwood, Daniel Gould
from Sport Psychology for Young Athletes
by Camilla J. Knight, Chris G. Harwood, Daniel Gould
Taylor & Francis, 2017

In a randomized controlled investigation of this program, Aherne and colleagues (2011) found that athletes who received this training experienced significant increases in mindfulness and flow that were not exhibited by the control group.

“The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness” by Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, Ellen J. Langer
from The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness
by Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, Ellen J. Langer
Wiley, 2014

These athletes were able to use mindfulness strategies to improve their ability to face and cope with pain during training and competition just as the patients are able to use it to work with their pain, even though these two different groups of people are working at opposite ends of the physical-fitness spectrum.

“Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh
from Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh
Random House Publishing Group, 2009

Some 59 per cent of coaches said they were working with mindfulness to help their client be calmer/less anxious, and 55 per cent to help them manage stress.

“Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching” by Jonathan Passmore
from Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching
by Jonathan Passmore
Kogan Page, 2014

Mindfulness training program for Chinese athletes and its effectiveness.

“Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Sport and Exercise” by Martin Turner, Richard Bennett
from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Sport and Exercise
by Martin Turner, Richard Bennett
Taylor & Francis, 2017

Mindful athletes focus on the immediate experience of training and competition (e.g., thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, breathing, body position), rather than paying attention to the potential outcome of a competition and the emotions associated with it.

“Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology” by Jim Taylor
from Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology
by Jim Taylor
Taylor & Francis, 2019

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  • The mental aspect is indeed the hardest part about sports. Pushing yourself physically is no biggie in comparison. Dealing with pressure from an organisation who constantly reminds you that they have invested a lot of money and resources in you is what broke me. I badly needed a sports psychologist.

  • It’s still shock me just how lots of people do not know about Episoketren System even though lots of people improve their soccer skills using it using it. Thanks to my friend who told me about this. I have earn the respect and admiration of my friends and other players.

  • I started to cry during this. I don’t know why, I wasn’t stressed or sad. I guess this just let me release some built up emotions, which is ok in my book.

  • Error:- Brazil were not the defending Olympic champions in 2012, Argentina won the 2008 Olympics. Brazil won their first Olympics gold in 2016.

  • i know that this is super late but this is so good for young athletes like me, this helped so so so much.
    This is great for in my future t think about this is awesome thankyou.

  • Do popular training program like Episoketren System really work and if so, how effective are they? We have noticed numerous awesome things about this popular training program.

  • 3:40 in and he is still on his introduction; I still don’t know what sports psychology is 3 minutes into a 12-minute video; my God.

  • given the prevalence of PED’s at the highest levels of all sport, amateur and pro, psychology is important, but so is chemistry. ))

  • Good day Prof. I am so impressed with this video and it inspired me more to have deep interest in this our noble profession. Am a Phd student in Nigeria studying sports psychology. I always enjoy your video clips and wish to have yo as my mentor sir