Perceptions of Injured Athletes after Eight Weeks of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Athanasios Pappous (Department in Sport and Event Management, Bournemouth University, UK)
Warhel Asim Mohammed  (College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Duhok, Zakho Street, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq)
Dinkar Sharma (School of Psychology, University of Kent, Keynes College, Canterbury, Kent, UK)

Article ID: 3130



Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been extensively applied as a clinical intervention by researchers’ who have made on-the-spot decisions research as part of their practice. This research was provided via a knowledge transfer of 8 weeks of MBSR based on the original MBSR version. The main objective of this study was to offer a qualitative explorative insight into the perceived experience of participating in a MBSR program for injured athletes. A semi structured interview was conducted with each injured athlete who participated in this study. A thematic analysis was applied to explore the themes which emerged from injured athletes’ experience after 8 weeks of participation in a MBSR program. Five themes emerged from injured athletes’ attitudes towards MBSR: 1) Reconnecting with the body, 2) Reconnecting with the mind, 3) Passivity of MBSR as opposed to the athletic praxis, 4) Group versus self-guided MBSR, 5) Acceptance of pain. These different themes are presented and discussed below. This particular qualitative exploratory investigation was based on injured athletes’ experiences in this study; MBSR can benefit them during the sport rehabilitation process. As such, the findings will promote scientific understanding about the effectiveness of MBSR as a clinical intervention. It should also be noted that, more investigation is required to find out about the role of mindfulness meditation in terms of therapeutic aspects with injured athletes.


Injured athletes;Mindfulness;Pain management;Exercise psychology;Mental health

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