Date of Award

7-25-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Todd M Loughead

Keywords

Emotional competence, intervention, Mindfulness, sport psychology, Team-building, Team cohesion

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

The purpose of the pilot study was two-fold; firstly, to explore the effects of a team-based mindfulness meditation training program on perceptions of cohesion, and, secondly, to increase mindfulness and emotional competence. The participants were 32 female intercollegiate soccer players from two teams. One team was assigned to the mindfulness intervention condition, while the other served as the control condition. Participants completed measures of cohesion, mindfulness, and emotional competence pre- and post-intervention. The eight-week mindfulness meditation training program significantly increased perceptions of social cohesion. However, there were no significant changes for task cohesion, mindfulness, or emotional competence. Taken together, athletes in the mindfulness training program held higher perceptions of social cohesion than athletes in the control condition; indicating that mindfulness training allowed this team to increase its social cohesion.

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