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Enhancing cardiac vagal activity: Factors of interest for sport psychology.

Laborde, S., Mosley, E. and Ueberholz, L., 2018. Enhancing cardiac vagal activity: Factors of interest for sport psychology. In: Marcora, S. and Sarkar, M., eds. Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part C. Progress in Brain Research, 71-92.

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DOI: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2018.09.002


Self-regulation plays a critical role in sport performance. An objective, psychophysiological marker of self-regulation is cardiac vagal activity, the activity of the vagus nerve regulating cardiac functioning. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of factors influencing cardiac vagal activity, which can be useful for athletes. Specifically, we organize this overview in two main domains: personal factors and environmental factors. Among the personal factors, we discuss the behavioral strategies that can be used by athletes: nutrition, non-ingestive oral habits, water immersion, body temperature reduction, sleeping habits, relaxation methods, cognitive techniques, praying, music, and exercise. Among environmental factors, we discuss those linked to the social (i.e., contact with humans and animals) and physical (i.e., aromas, lights, sounds, temperature, outdoor, altitude) environment. Future research directions are given, as well as practical implications for athletes and coaches.

Item Type:Book Section
Number of Pages:240
Uncontrolled Keywords:Athletes; Cardiac vagal control; Heart rate variability; Parasympathetic activity; Self-control; Self-regulation; Sport psychology; Training; Vagal tone; Athletes; Humans; Psychology, Sports; Self-Control; Vagus Nerve
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:38149
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Feb 2023 11:04
Last Modified:09 Feb 2023 11:06


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