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Evaluation of a mindfulness intervention for Paralympic leaders prior to the Paralympic Games.
Linköping University.
Stockholm University.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9921-6586
Karolinska institutet.
2018 (English)In: International journal of sports science & coaching, ISSN 1747-9541, E-ISSN 2048-397X, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 62-71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an evaluation of the effectiveness of an applied mindfulness intervention for stress reduction delivered to Paralympic leaders prior to the Paralympic Games. The intervention group of Swedish Paralympic leaders (n = 10) received a mindfulness intervention of eight web-based seminars, while a Norwegian reference group (n = 6) received no intervention. Three assessments were performed for both samples: at baseline, post-intervention and six weeks post-intervention. The evaluation indicated intervention effects of higher psychological flexibility (p = .03), less rumination (p = .02) and lower perceived stress (p = .001), and offers initial support for the applied usefulness of a web-based mindfulness training program as a supplement in stress-reduction programs for elite sport leaders. General challenges from an applied sport psychology perspective related to the implementation of mindfulness interventions in samples with experienced high levels of stress and perceived time-constraints are discussed. 

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2018. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 62-71
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Coping, disability sport, psychological skills, stress, web-based training
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-5206DOI: 10.1177/1747954117746495ISI: 000425985400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-5206DiVA, id: diva2:1184510
Available from: 2018-02-21 Created: 2018-02-21 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved

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