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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2017 July-August;176(7-8):390-401

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.17.03398-8

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The impact of yoga-based interventions on jiu-jitsu wrestlers’ psychological profile: a pilot study

Camila FERREIRA-VORKAPIC 1, 2, 3, 4 , João P. FEITOZA 2, Estélio H. MARTINS DANTAS 3, Afrânio BASTOS 5

1 Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Department of Physiology, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Brazil; 2 Department of Psychology, ESTÁCIO\FASE, Aracaju, Brazil; 3 Laboratory of Biosciences of Human Kinetics, LABIMH-UNIT\SE, Aracaju, Brazil; 4 Trika Research Center, Phu Ruea, Thailand; 5 Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Brazil


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BACKGROUND: Athletic activities are naturally competitive. Different studies have shown that mental training is an effective intervention for improving mood and athletic performance. Contemplative practices such as yoga and mindful meditation have been successfully used as part of the mental training of athletes. Therefore, the goal of this study was to observe the impact of a yoga-based intervention (YBI) on the mental state of jiu-jitsu wrestlers.
METHODS: Twenty participants were allocated to two treatment conditions: Group 1 (G1; YBI) attended yoga-based interventions and Group 2 (G2; control) participated in group talks.
RESULTS: Significant time effects were found across the YBI group on the following variables: anxiety, anger, fatigue and tension, indicating that on YBI group, mood improve from pre- to post-test.
CONCLUSIONS: YBI has preliminarily shown to provide mental benefits for athletes including factors related to enhanced performance, such as reduced tension, fatigue and anxiety levels.


KEY WORDS: Yoga - Meditation - Mindfulness - Athletes - Martial arts

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