During competition, not only are athletes expected to perform well, but they also must be able to shift their attention to what is relevant, make quick decisions, and fight through challenges and mistakes (i.e., adversity) whileperforming well. An increasingly popular way to train these aspects of mental performance is through mindfulness practice. Being able to pay attention, without judgment to what is happening in the present moment (i.e., being mindful; Kabat-Zinn, 1994) plays a role in success on the court or field (Mannion, in press). An attacker in volleyball must be able to forget about her last attempt where she was blocked, evaluate the opposing team’s defense, decide on her next attack, and apply her skills to the current play being called by her setter. While many hours are spent training how to jump higher, swing harder, and hit different shots in sport, there is less time spent training how to focus, stay mentally strong, and make appropriate decisions.
Dr. Vikki Krane
Dr. Dryw Dworsky
Walker, Kristine, "MINDFUL VOLLEYBALL: A COMPLETE MINDFULNESS PROGRAM FOR VOLLEYBALL TEAMS, ATHLETES, AND COACHES" (2019). Masters of Education in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies Graduate Projects. 72.