Investigating the Experiences of Track Athletes during a Season-long Psychological Skills and Biofeedback Training Program

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dc.contributor.authorStelfox, Kara B
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-07T19:06:55Z
dc.date.available2012-12-07T19:06:55Z
dc.date.created2012
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/23572
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6249
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of five track athletes (three men and two women, aged 18-33 yrs) during a season-long PST-Biofeedback training program designed to help them learn how to self-regulate physiologically, psychologically, and emotionally. Three key psychological skills were emphasized: focus (Janelle, 2002; Nideffer & Sagal, 2006), arousal control through biofeedback training (e.g., Bar-Eli, Dreshman, Blumenstein, & Weinstein, 2002), and debriefing (Hogg, 2002; McArdle, Martin, Lennon, & Moore, 2010). The program, which consisted of one-on-one initial and final semi-structured interviews with PST-biofeedback sessions in between, was individualized to meet each athlete’s needs and progress during the study. Results indicated that the athletes found the program helpful; they perceived an improvement in their ability to focus, debrief, and control arousal in the lab; and, to varying degrees, they transferred those skills into training and competition. The athletes also perceived an improvement in their sport performances.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectpsychological skills training
dc.subjectbiofeedback
dc.subjectfocus
dc.subjectarousal control
dc.subjectdebriefing
dc.subjecttrack athletes
dc.subjectqualitative research
dc.titleInvestigating the Experiences of Track Athletes during a Season-long Psychological Skills and Biofeedback Training Program
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentSciences de l'activité physique / Human Kinetics
dc.contributor.supervisorWerthner, Penny
dc.embargo.termsimmediate
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineSciences de la santé / Health Sciences
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineSciences de la santé / Health Sciences
uottawa.departmentSciences de l'activité physique / Human Kinetics
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