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Effects of a MAC Intervention on Performance and Well-being in Martial Arts Competitors
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach for a group of competitive martial artists (n=22) compared to a passive control group of competitive martial artists (n=21) on levels of sporting performance, sports mindfulness, experiential avoidance and sport anxiety. Participants were allocated to groups based on the ability to attend the MAC training modules, held either in Gothenburg or Stockholm and participants performed self-ratings based on a survey completed pre- and post-intervention. The hypothesis was that the MAC group would show improvements in the key variables over time and compared to the control group. Results from a two-way mixed ANOVA showed significantly better sporting performance and sports mindfulness compared to the control group. Results failed to show a significant difference in experiential avoidance and sport anxiety levels between the groups. Results therefore suggest that the MAC intervention is an effective approach for performance improvement and for developing the ability to have present-moment attention, awareness and acceptance regardless of thoughts and emotions for martial artists. More research is required to further investigate MAC’s effect on sport anxiety and experiential avoidance as well as to be able to generalise the results to other sports.

Abstract [sv]

Målet med studien var att undersöka effektiviteten av en Mindfulness-AcceptanceCommitment (MAC) intervention på en grupp av tävlingsaktiva kampsportare (n=22) jämfört med en passiv kontrollgrupp av tävlingsaktiva kampsportare (n=21). Variablerna som självskattades var idrottsprestation, idrottsspecifik mindfulness, experientiellt undvikande och idrottsrelaterad ångest. Deltagarna delades upp i grupper beroende på om de hade möjlighet att deltaga på MAC-interventionen, antingen i Göteborg eller Stockholm. Deltagarna utförde självskattningar både före och efter interventionen. Hypotesen var att MAC gruppen skulle visa förbättring på dessa variabler över tid och jämfört med kontrollgruppen. Resultatet från en tvåvägs mixed ANOVA visade signifikant högre nivåer för interventionsgruppen på idrottsprestation och idrottsspecifik mindfulness jämfört med kontrollgruppen. Dock visades ingen signifikant skillnad på nivåer på experientiellt undvikande och idrottsrelaterad ångest mellan grupperna. Resultaten tyder på att MAC interventionen är ett effektivt sätt för kampsportare att förbättra sin idrottsprestation och för att utveckla förmågan till en medveten närvaro, samt medvetenhet och acceptans oberoende av tankar och känslor. Mer forskning är nödvändig på MAC interventionen för att kunna fastställa om MAC-interventionen ger effekt på idrottsrelaterad ångest och experientiellt undvikande och även för att kunna generalisera resultaten till andra idrotter.

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2020. , p. 25
Keywords [en]
anxiety; experiential avoidance; martial arts; Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment; MAC; performance enhancement; sports mindfulness; sports performance
Keywords [sv]
ångest; experientiellt undvikande, idrottsspecifik mindfulness; idrottsprestation; kampsport; MAC; Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment; prestationsförbättring
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41653DiVA, id: diva2:1393389
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Psychology
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Sport Science - Sport and Exercise Psychology, 180 credits
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