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Strength Training for the Brain: Using Technology to Deliver Mindfulness Training to Improve Strength and Conditioning Performance

Rist, Billymo BPsych, Grad Dip (Psych); Pearce, Alan J. PhD

Strength and Conditioning Journal: December 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 6 - p 81–88
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000267
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE BENEFITS OF USING MINDFULNESS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (SC) TRAINING PERFORMANCE. ALTHOUGH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MINDFULNESS HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN ATHLETES FROM NOVICE TO COLLEGIATE LEVELS, ATHLETES CONTINUE TO FAIL TO USE MINDFULNESS CITING A RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING TIME DEMANDS AND EXPENSE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS. ONE SOLUTION MAY BE THROUGH USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE SMARTPHONE APPLICATIONS THAT CAN DELIVER MINDFULNESS TRAINING BEFORE AND DURING SC SESSIONS. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE USE OF SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY MAY BRIDGE THE GAP THAT EXISTS IN PAST METHODS OF DELIVERY OF MINDFULNESS INTERVENTIONS. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT DESCRIBING THIS ARTICLE, SEE, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, (SEE VIDEO, http://links.lww.com/scj/a197).

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1St Kilda Football Club; and

2Department of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Address correspondence to Billymo Rist, billymo@mentaledgeconsulting.com.au.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Billymo Ristis the Player Development Coordinator at the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League, and completing his PhD at Swinburne Universiry.

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Alan Pearceis an adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University; and adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

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