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Mindfulness and Sports Performance

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Mindfulness is a practice that brings calm and equanimity to practitioners and trains focus on the breath on a moment-by-moment basis. The key elements of mindfulness include observing, describing, acting with awareness, non-judgment of inner experience, and non-reactivity to inner experience. Neuroscience has in recent years studied the mechanisms of mindfulness including its neural implication and found that mindfulness has many positive effects on neural, mental and behavioral outcomes e.g. in terms of health as well as other life outcomes. However, less is known about the effects of mindfulness-based interventions in the domain of physical activity including sports performance.

Physical activity is an enormous contributor to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with positive health benefits including enhanced quality of life, satisfaction with life, and happiness. The goal of this Research Topic is to bring research and empirical attention to the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions on physical activity including its effects among sports performance among elite athletes. Questions of interest include whether mindfulness impact sports performance, and in what direction will mindfulness-based interventions in sports lead? This Research Topic integrates theoretical discussions and empirical interventions. We welcome high-quality studies using various research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and reviews.

This Research Topic seeks to include manuscripts that:
(1) Examine the effects of mindfulness on physical activity and sports performance.
(2) Investigate mechanisms of mindfulness on health outcomes.

We welcome interdisciplinary and empirical analyses of the above issues. Manuscripts should present new research findings on the topics. Various methods (e.g., case studies, program evaluation and quantitative analyses) are welcome.

Topic editor, Ulrich Kirk, is affiliated with Headspace and Topic Editor, Walter Staiano, holds shares in Rewire Fitness. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Mindfulness, Sport


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Mindfulness is a practice that brings calm and equanimity to practitioners and trains focus on the breath on a moment-by-moment basis. The key elements of mindfulness include observing, describing, acting with awareness, non-judgment of inner experience, and non-reactivity to inner experience. Neuroscience has in recent years studied the mechanisms of mindfulness including its neural implication and found that mindfulness has many positive effects on neural, mental and behavioral outcomes e.g. in terms of health as well as other life outcomes. However, less is known about the effects of mindfulness-based interventions in the domain of physical activity including sports performance.

Physical activity is an enormous contributor to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with positive health benefits including enhanced quality of life, satisfaction with life, and happiness. The goal of this Research Topic is to bring research and empirical attention to the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions on physical activity including its effects among sports performance among elite athletes. Questions of interest include whether mindfulness impact sports performance, and in what direction will mindfulness-based interventions in sports lead? This Research Topic integrates theoretical discussions and empirical interventions. We welcome high-quality studies using various research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and reviews.

This Research Topic seeks to include manuscripts that:
(1) Examine the effects of mindfulness on physical activity and sports performance.
(2) Investigate mechanisms of mindfulness on health outcomes.

We welcome interdisciplinary and empirical analyses of the above issues. Manuscripts should present new research findings on the topics. Various methods (e.g., case studies, program evaluation and quantitative analyses) are welcome.

Topic editor, Ulrich Kirk, is affiliated with Headspace and Topic Editor, Walter Staiano, holds shares in Rewire Fitness. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Mindfulness, Sport


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 September 2021 Abstract
31 January 2022 Manuscript

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30 September 2021 Abstract
31 January 2022 Manuscript

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