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A smartphone enabled slow-paced breathing intervention in dual career athletes.

Mosley, E., Duncan, S., Jones, K., Herklots, H., Kavanagh, E. and Laborde, S., 2023. A smartphone enabled slow-paced breathing intervention in dual career athletes. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/21520704.2023.2194256


Dual career athletes are exposed to many stressors, for example, balancing deadlines with competition schedules. Slow-paced breathing (SPB) is an accessible relaxation technique, which can be practiced via smartphone applications, however delivery through applications has limited exploration. We discuss a four-week intervention delivered to dual career athletes which included screening stress and wellbeing, and a focus group discussion to capture athlete reflections on the SPB intervention. Athletes reported SPB reduced pre-performance anxiety, increased focus during performance, and increased relaxation before sleep. Findings suggest SPB is successfully delivered via smartphones, positively influences stress management, sleep and performance, and may be a simple tool for practitioners and athletes to utilize.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diaphragmatic breathing; heart rate variability; relaxation; stress management; wellbeing
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:38363
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:16 Mar 2023 10:30
Last Modified:16 May 2023 14:36


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