Poster or Presentation Title

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Stress & Anxiety

Location

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 1:15 PM

Department

Athletic Training

Abstract

Introduction: Intervention-based techniques for reducing stress and anxiety have become more popular in athletes due to high levels of stressors from balancing classes, sports, and personal obligations. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a technique that brings awareness to both internal and external experiences and feelings at the present moment. Recently, more research has examined using MBSR in athletic populations to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

Clinical Question: For athletes with stress and anxiety, how does MBSR compared to no intervention, affect anxiety levels and stress experiences? Key findings: After thorough research, 4 articles met the inclusion criteria. Out of the 4, 2 studies were randomized control trials. One study was a pilot randomized controlled trial. One study was a critical appraisal. All 4 studies concluded that participation in MBSR programs significantly reduces stress and anxiety in athletes.

Clinical Bottom Line: There is sufficient evidence to suggest that incorporating MBSR programs lowers the levels of stress and anxiety in athletes. MBSR may help athletes improve their psychological state through meditation. Strength of Recommendation: There is grade B evidence to support using MBSR programs in athletics. No known adverse effects of having MBSR programs were noted.

Keywords: Mental health, intervention, MBSR

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Tom Bowman
Dr. Debbie Bradney

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Apr 7th, 12:00 PM Apr 7th, 1:15 PM

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Stress & Anxiety

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

Introduction: Intervention-based techniques for reducing stress and anxiety have become more popular in athletes due to high levels of stressors from balancing classes, sports, and personal obligations. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a technique that brings awareness to both internal and external experiences and feelings at the present moment. Recently, more research has examined using MBSR in athletic populations to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

Clinical Question: For athletes with stress and anxiety, how does MBSR compared to no intervention, affect anxiety levels and stress experiences? Key findings: After thorough research, 4 articles met the inclusion criteria. Out of the 4, 2 studies were randomized control trials. One study was a pilot randomized controlled trial. One study was a critical appraisal. All 4 studies concluded that participation in MBSR programs significantly reduces stress and anxiety in athletes.

Clinical Bottom Line: There is sufficient evidence to suggest that incorporating MBSR programs lowers the levels of stress and anxiety in athletes. MBSR may help athletes improve their psychological state through meditation. Strength of Recommendation: There is grade B evidence to support using MBSR programs in athletics. No known adverse effects of having MBSR programs were noted.

Keywords: Mental health, intervention, MBSR