Mindfulness and acceptance approaches to athletic performance

Michael Noetel
Performance enhancement strategies in sport have frequently attempted to help athletes gain control over their thoughts and their emotions (Vealey, 1994) . These are ‘contentfocused’ approaches try to change the content of the athlete’s internal experience. Recently, increasing attention has been directed toward interventions that try to change an athlete’s relationship with those internal experiences, instead of changing the content. These ‘contextfocused’ approaches—including mindfulness and acceptancebased interventions—aim to help athletes perform well with anxiety, rather...
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