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Track and field athletes' experiences and perceived effects of flotation-REST.
Karlstad universitet.
Karlstad universitet.
Northumbria University, UK.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences. (Research Unit for Movement, Health and Environment)
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Sport Psychology, ISSN 0047-0767, Vol. 46, no 5, 409-428 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research has highlighted flotation-REST as a promising method for relaxation and performance enhancement in sport; however, to further evaluate the use of flotation-REST in an athletic environment, additional research is warranted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six elite track and field athletes about their experiences and perceived effects of flotation-REST. Athletes were interviewed twice; once for their immediate response and again to explore their perceptions of flotation-REST over time. The data was analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Flotation-REST was perceived as pleasant and relaxing. Five athletes reported less stress and an overall increase in well-being for one or two days afterwards, although they felt physically tired during training sessions. Being in a better mood, placing fewer demands on themselves, and feeling more optimistic and present were also perceived effects. This study shows the potential of flotation-REST as a technique for health promotion, stress management, and a means to practise mindfulness. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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2015. Vol. 46, no 5, 409-428 p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-4199ISI: 000363067700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-4199DiVA: diva2:868176
Available from: 2015-11-09 Created: 2015-11-09 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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